The details on this Art Nouveau Fleur-de-lis brooch are simply delightful. Like a sheath of branches with berries and leaves accompanied by flower buds sprouting up between them. Very ornate and so beauitfully made. It's relatively low weight makes it easy to wear, it will not weigh down the garment it is attached to and can easily be worn on blouses and dresses, aswell as jackets.
Weight 3.94 grams. Measures 3.8 cm tall and 2.8 cm wide.
Hallmarked 800 for silver. Made in Central - or South Europe. In excellent condition, has had a new clasp attached.
The ever popular fleur-de-lis can be found as decoration on a all sorts of items, from fabrics, to stamps, to signet rings. Though frequently used in heraldry it is seen more as an ornament then a symbol and while we call it a lily, the shape of of fleur-de-lis is definitely more that of an iris. One of the first to use this symbol as a cognisance - in mid 12th century - was Louis VII, King of the Franks, and the fleur-de-lis is in heraldry often connected with the French royal family, even if the use of the symbol was widely spread all over Europe
This Art Nouveau fleur-de-lis brooch has nothing to do with royalty, although it sure is pretty enough