Egyptian Revival scarab brooch, circa 1880


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For ancient Egyptians, the winged scarab represented their sun god and symbolised transformation, rebirth and immortality.

In the Victorian era, the Egyptian Revival craze began in 1859 with the discovery of Queen Ah-Hopte’s jewellery, followed by the opening of the Suez Canal eight years later.

Sarah Bernhardt’s portrayal of Cleopatra on stage in the early 1890s inspired renewed interest, as did the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb 30 years later.

Here we have a typically English Egyptian Removal brooch from about 1880, fashioned from 15-carat yellow gold.

It’s set with a scarab beetle made from faience – tin-glazed earthenware – which, though ancient in appearance, is probably contemporary to the piece.


• Handmade in 15-carat yellow gold
• Set with a green faience scarab
• Approximately 4.5cm (1 3/4 inches) wide, 2.5cm (just over 1 inch) long
• Weight is 5.7 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

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