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In 1850, near Bettystown, Co. Meath, an amazing piece of Irish history was found by a woman and her sons. It was an early 8th century brooch. The woman sold it to a Dublin dealer, Waterhouse & Co., who gave it the name “Tara Brooch”, to evoke the rich history and heritage of the hill of Tara and surrounding areas.
Waterhouse commissioned copies of it, and they became very fashionable, particularly in 1853 when Queen Victoria purchased a copy of the Cavan Brooch at the Great Exhibition in London.
We have recently acquired a lovely example, pictured below. It is in its original box, and is in lovely condition.