One of the very rarest pieces we have ever had. A diamond set Irish fibula brooch by the firm of Edmond Johnson, Dublin, circa 1860 in the form of a Bronze age Irish Fibula, the oval terminals joined by a rounded arch, with old cushion cut diamonds.
Set in silver and mounted on gold.
In its original silk lined and gilded green velvet case, the lid satin stamped ‘Johnson, Grafton Street, Dublin’.
Johnson was a prominent Irish jewellery firm, founded in 1760. It operated both retail and workshop divisions, occupying an imposing black and gold fronted premises
on the corner of Grafton and Wicklow Streets in Dublin. They were celebrated for their interpretations of ancient Irish jewels. This diamond set example
is an unusually lavish representation of fibulas that were more often produced in yellow gold.
5cm long, approx 3 carats total of cushion cut diamonds.