Hummingbird

Hummingbird

A zoomorphic brooch, circa 1870, of a vibrant hummingbird with outstretched wings mounted to a silver brooch. The hummingbird was the most popular bird used in jewellery in the 19th century due to its colourful iridescent plumage. From Godey’s Lady’s Book, December 1874 : ‘Hummingbird ornaments are so desirable because they are in effect jewels themselves, their colours compare to gemstones … their glancing heads are like a scrap of flaming foil as they perch saucily with outspread wings.’ This ruby throated hummingbird has a gold beak and red glass eye. It measures 2 and 1/2 inches by 1 and 1/8 inches and has survived in immaculate condition.

£1100