The Fox Hunt was the most popular sport of the upper classes in Victorian England. It was an expensive and sprawling event, involving large house parties at country estates, with parties and balls connected to the Hunt. The thrill of jumping the well-kept hedges throughout the countryside as well as the speed of the pack gave a feeling of danger and peril to the pursuit. Women even participated, wearing smart riding habits and riding side saddle. An Al Fresco breakfast was usually provided in the field, providing much needed rest and revivification for the daring ladies participating in the hunt.
Of course, any well-turned out lady participating in the hunt would undoubtedly require proper adornment for her fancy riding habit, and this piece would be just the thing to pin upon her collar. With a bit of whimsy, the 10 karat gold brooch incorporates horn motifs, adorned with deep blue sapphires and natural seed pearls, a horseshoe with sapphires to match those of the horns, and a sly little fox head with ruby eyes! A delightful, clever addition to any antique jewel collection.
This piece also has a bale, making it wearable as a pendant as well as a brooch.
Dimensions: 39mm x 22mm
Weight: 7 grams
Materials: Gold, pearl, sapphire, ruby
Metal: 10K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition; the pin may have been replaced at some point.