These brooches were produced during the great gold rushes of the late 19th century in South Africa, Australia and USA. They were mostly made in Birmingham and shipped out to the gold-mining areas. Gold miners liked to show off their new-found wealth, and one of these brooches for a wife or girl-friend was a must. This one is made in 9ct gold, as were the great majority. It is 1 3/4 inches: 45 mm across. It has the usual motifs of pick, shovel, rope and 'nuggets'. South Africa is the only country normally seen stamped on the brooches - usually they are un-specific. A few were made in Australia, and these are very valuable. Gold-digger brooches used to be fairly common, but they have now become hard to find, as they make a jokey gift for a girl-friend.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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