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Brass Betrothal Brooch

Price:: $18.00

 

Item Number: 85020000

 

 

A brass ring brooch in the form to two pairs of clasped hands. These are frequently referred to as Fede Brooches or as Hanntruwebrachen. Broches of this sort, because of their form were common betrothal presents. Base on an example in Westfallisches Landesmuseum, in Munster, Germany. Hundreds of examples this form of brooch survive. They appear to have been common throughout Europe. In Ireland they gave rise to the claddaigh ring. These brooches were especially popular in the 14th century. 1 1 1/4 inch wide central opening.
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