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c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case
  • c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case
  • c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case
  • c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case
  • c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case
  • c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case

c1900 Silver Florentine Fleur de Lis in Leather Case

Price:

£150.00


Product Description

A beautiful Italian silver fleur de lis brooch in the Italian Florentine style.

Marked 800, which helps date this to around 1900, this silver fleur de lis is in excellent condition with no damage or wear, having been preserved by its original leather case. The catch has a safety slider. The fleur de lis is much more ornate than the standard design, having stamens between the petals. This is due to the fact that the emblem was originally a lily and used on the coat of arms of Florence. There is a ducal crown near the base of the flower. The fleur de lis image is reproduced in gold on the lid of the case.

In Italy, the fleur de lis, called ‘giglio bottonato’, is mainly known from the crest of the city of Florence. In the Florentine fleurs-de-lis, the stamens are always posed between the petals. Originally argent (silver or white) on gules (red) background, the emblem became the standard of the imperial party in Florence (parte ghibellina), causing the town government, which maintained a staunch Guelph stance, being strongly opposed to the imperial pretensions on city states, to reverse the color pattern to the final gules lily on argent background. This heraldic charge is often known as the Florentine lily to distinguish it from the conventional (stamen-not-shown) design. As an emblem of the city, it is therefore found in icons of Zenobius, its first bishop and associated with Florence's patron Saint John the Baptist.

Size brooch: 31 x 24 x 9 mm (1.2 x 0.9 x 0.31 inches)
Size case: 4.5 x 5 x 2.5 cm (1 ¾ x 2 x 1 inches)
Weight: 20.3g

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