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Antique & Vintage Brooches for Sale

Compared to most items of jewellery which are purely ornamental, the humble brooch was first created thousands of years ago as a practical item to hold a person’s clothes together. Since that time it has been designed into an endless array of forms and materials, some more novel than others. Although brooches today have largely lost their practical purpose, they remain small statements worn on our chest which can add a splash of colour or character to the wearer. Antique and Vintage brooches remind us of a time when these small pieces of jewellery were crucial to our everyday wear. As such one finds not only fun novelty pieces, but extremely fine examples in gold and silver. Often these better-quality items will be accented with diamonds or pearls which showed off the skill of the maker.


As items which can be worn and admired on a daily basis, antique and vintage brooches are a great addition to any jewellery collection. At LoveAntiques we have a fine selection of quality Antique and Vintage brooches. 

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9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

£ 195

€229
$238
9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

£ 195

€229
$238

Doubloon

Gold Frog Brooch

£ 325

€382
$397
Gold Frog Brooch

Gold Frog Brooch

£ 325

€382
$397

Doubloon

Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

£ 110

€129
$134
Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

£ 110

€129
$134

Doubloon

Victorian Brooch. London 1880

£ 100

€117
$122
Victorian Brooch. London 1880

Victorian Brooch. London 1880

£ 100

€117
$122

Jo Brayshaw

Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

£ 85

€100
$104
Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

£ 85

€100
$104

Wildwinds Antiques

Mourning Brooch

Sovereign Antiques

Mourning Brooch

£ 295

€347
$360
Mourning Brooch

Mourning Brooch

£ 295

€347
$360

Sovereign Antiques

Yellow Metal Victorian Memento Mori Brooch

£ 30

€35
$37
Yellow Metal Victorian Memento Mori Brooch

Yellow Metal Victorian Memento Mori Brooch

£ 30

€35
$37

IM Chaney Antique Furniture

1.89ct Diamond & Platinum Bow Brooch

£ 3950

€4641
$4819
1.89ct Diamond & Platinum Bow Brooch

1.89ct Diamond & Platinum Bow Brooch

£ 3950

€4641
$4819

AC Silver

Art Deco Stick Pin

£ 220

€258
$268
Art Deco Stick Pin

Art Deco Stick Pin

£ 220

€258
$268

Doubloon

White Metal Miners Lamp Seal Brooch

£ 89

€105
$109
White Metal Miners Lamp Seal Brooch

White Metal Miners Lamp Seal Brooch

£ 89

€105
$109

Underwoodhall

Scottish Silver Brooch

£ 100

€117
$122
Scottish Silver Brooch

Scottish Silver Brooch

£ 100

€117
$122

Doubloon

9ct Gold & Amethyst Brooch

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

9ct Gold & Amethyst Brooch

£ 85

€100
$104
9ct Gold & Amethyst Brooch

9ct Gold & Amethyst Brooch

£ 85

€100
$104

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Unusual 15ct Gold Textured Flower Brooch

£ 350

€411
$427
Unusual 15ct Gold Textured Flower Brooch

Unusual 15ct Gold Textured Flower Brooch

£ 350

€411
$427

Museum of Treasure

9ct Gold Terrier Dog Brooch

£ 325

€382
$397
9ct Gold Terrier Dog Brooch

9ct Gold Terrier Dog Brooch

£ 325

€382
$397

Doubloon

Antique & Rare Vintage Brooches FAQs


When were brooches invented?

As a practical way to hold your clothes together brooches have been around since at least the Bronze Age and possibly earlier. Prominently on display, such items quickly became a way to impart social wealth and stature through the choice of materials and design. Often Bronze, Silver or Gold was used as the main material as well as precious and semi-precious stones. As fashions changed so too did the look and style of the brooches. Today we no longer need such items for very practical purposes, but still enjoy them for their aesthetic appeal.


How do I know if my brooch is vintage?

When examining the authenticity of vintage brooches, you’ll want to look at the small details for clues of manufacturing date. Closely examining the clasps and hinges of antique and vintage brooches will help identify what specific period in time they were most popular in. If they were by a quality maker or made of solid Silver or Gold then there may be hallmarks present as well. Different eras have different styles of jewellery and stone cuts.


Are vintage brooches worth anything?

Vintage brooches can be valuable if either they were made of precious metal and stones or if they were made by famous designers. Indeed even vintage costume jewellery by the big name Couturiers such as Dior or Yves Saint Laurent can be worth considerable sums now. Because makers do not have to hallmark smaller pieces of gold or silver jewellery below 8 grams it is common for there to be no marks so it is worth taking your brooch to a jeweller to get checked. While most vintage costume jewellery was cheaper when new and remains cheap today, much still has a value for people who just enjoy wearing these fun designs from the past.