Art Deco Equestrian Brooch
Horse and Riding Crop
| A classic equestrian brooch with a horse in
profile and a finely rendered riding crop. The horse is
beautifully limned in the Art Deco manner with a small red
gemstone (likely a ruby or pink sapphire) set as its eye. The
riding crop is finely detailed with blue and white bands of
enamel next to the handle, perhaps the colors of the stable
frequented by the brooch's original owner. This elegant jewel
was created by A.J. and Hedges & Co. in 14kt gold circa
From the mid-Victorian period (circa 1860) through the Art Deco era of the 1920s and 1930s, equestrian and hunt-related jewelry was a must for fashionable horsewomen and men. The dramatic lines and rich, fine details of this gold brooch suggest it was created during the later Art Deco era.
The reverse of this brooch is as finely crafted as the front. The back of the solid gold horse's head is smoothly finished and the edges crisply defined. The pin stem is attached with a sturdy hinge and early safety clasp.
The top of the clasp is stamped with the maker's mark of A.J. Hedges & Co. (an "H" with "14" above and a "K" below the cross bar). A.J. Hedges was a maker of fine brooches. stickpins and other jewels during the late Victorian period and early 20th century. The firm was known for creating finely detailed jewels with elegant enamel accents.
Name: Horse and Riding Crop
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