A wonderful Maltese cross is in mint, all original condition, this exceptional Georgian treasure is an exceptional early Regency period example that exudes charm, geometric intrigue, and has a very rare inscription on the reverse from the year 1816.
Lionel Tollemache, 8th Earl of Dysart gifted this cross to a Miss Anna Edwards in 1816; three years before marrying Maria Elizabeth in 1819. The earl sent this piece to Miss Edwards prior to his union to Maria Elizabeth; who we can only imagine he was courting at the time. The provenance is truly remarkable.
I’ve never seen another example of a brooch quite like this one, with the triangular flat cut garnets and that big, beautiful circular garnet at the central focal point. All of the pearls are original and have not been replaced, as we can see by the perfect matching tonality. I get so excited when we get a piece in that is this rare; it’s just something you will never see again.
Materials and Features:
9ct gold, flat cut garnet, pearl
Georgian, early Regency period, English
Inscription reads “The Gift of the Earl of Dysart, 1816. To Anna Edwards.”
Weight: 9 grams
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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9ct Georgian Garnet and Pearl Maltese Cross Brooch with Inscription