Swallow Bird Sterling Silver Pendant Earrings Antique Victorian c1880.
When thinking about swallows we look to the sea. In legend, swallows lead ships home when they were getting closer to land and prevented them from being lost. The swallow therefore has the meaning 'safe home' or ‘to safely return home’. There are also connotations of faithfulness.
These are a fantastic pair of antique sterling silver dangling pendant earrings depicting swallows dating from the Victorian period. The earrings are for pierced ears.
The 'standard' silver mark along with the makers mark can be found to the rear, these read ''H.W' & 'STD'. Charming flying swallow to each front, to the rear of each pendant is a small air hole, these are a product of the manufacturer as the pendants are hollow. The earring tops may be of a later date.
Max size 2.4 x 1.3 cm or 0.9 x 0.5 inches.
Total weight 2.0 grams or 1.25 penny weight.