Alexander Ritchie Iona Silver Badge/Brooch
Early and Rare Alexander Ritchie Iona Silver Badge/Brooch of Viking Ship.
Stamped ICA A.R, IONA and has a Birmingham hallmark letter P which is for 1939. An identical brooch stamped ICA A.R, IONA and has a Birmingham hallmark letter P which is for 1939. 1939 is selling online for £375.
2.3 cm wide
1.6 cm tall
Weighs 4.5 g
Stamped ICA A.R. IONA
Lion (Sterling Silver)
The same design brooch with a Birmingham hallmark letter P (which is for 1939) is selling online for £375.
In the summer of 1899, on a celebrated Scottish Hebridean island, a new shop set out its wares: IONA CELTIC ART.
Over the next forty seasons, Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie designed and sold a hugh range of finely wrought silver jewellery, plus decorative items in brass, copper, enamel, wood, leather and linen. Much of their inspiration was drawn from the rich patterns of interlace, foliage and knot work on Iona's carved stones and crosses. Alexander was also official guide to the historic monuments.
The couple had trained at the Glasgow School of Art during the decade of the Glasgow Style and the Celtic Revival. Their own style thus evolved and thrived during the Arts and Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
More than sixty years after the shop closed, the Ritchies' craftwork is still widely admired. Theirs was a pioneering artistic venture, renowned in its day, which has influenced succeeding generations of silversmiths. Alexander Ritchie and Celtic Jewellery are highly desirable and collectors are always searching for early and unusual examples, including penannular brooches, Celtic crosses, cloak fasteners, agate-set brooches and bracelets.