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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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Scottish Silver Brooch- Edinburgh 1961

£ 99

€115
$119
Scottish Silver Brooch- Edinburgh 1961

Scottish Silver Brooch- Edinburgh 1961

£ 99

€115
$119

Underwoodhall

Silver Gilt Fox Brooch

£ 145

€169
$174
Silver Gilt Fox Brooch

Silver Gilt Fox Brooch

£ 145

€169
$174

Doubloon

Charming Danish Silver 'Bear' Tie Pin

£ 75

€87
$90
Charming Danish Silver 'Bear' Tie Pin

Charming Danish Silver 'Bear' Tie Pin

£ 75

€87
$90

Jeff Sims Antiques

Continental Gold & Silver & Gem-Set Dragonfly Brooch

£ 1250

€1456
$1498
Continental Gold & Silver & Gem-Set Dragonfly Brooch

Continental Gold & Silver & Gem-Set Dragonfly Brooch

£ 1250

€1456
$1498

Museum of Treasure

9ct Aquamarine Set Bar Brooch c.1910

£ 135

€157
$162
9ct Aquamarine Set Bar Brooch c.1910

9ct Aquamarine Set Bar Brooch c.1910

£ 135

€157
$162

Jo Brayshaw

Georg Jensen Silver Torun ‘Pram Brooch’

£ 1550

€1806
$1858
Georg Jensen Silver Torun ‘Pram Brooch’

Georg Jensen Silver Torun ‘Pram Brooch’

£ 1550

€1806
$1858

Antiques in Oxford

Arts & Crafts Dorrie Nossiter Brooch Set with Topaz

£ 595

€693
$713
Arts & Crafts Dorrie Nossiter Brooch Set with Topaz

Arts & Crafts Dorrie Nossiter Brooch Set with Topaz

£ 595

€693
$713

Antiques in Oxford

Antique Coral Brooch in a Lovely Deep Colour

£ 320

€373
$384
Antique Coral Brooch in a Lovely Deep Colour

Antique Coral Brooch in a Lovely Deep Colour

£ 320

€373
$384

Antiques in Oxford

Dainty Antique 15ct Yellow Gold Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

£ 265

€309
$318
Dainty Antique 15ct Yellow Gold Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

Dainty Antique 15ct Yellow Gold Amethyst & Pearl Brooch

£ 265

€309
$318

Kit Clayton Jewellery

9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

£ 195

€227
$234
9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

9ct Gold RAF Sweetheart Brooch

£ 195

€227
$234

Doubloon

Gold Frog Brooch

£ 325

€379
$390
Gold Frog Brooch

Gold Frog Brooch

£ 325

€379
$390

Doubloon

Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

£ 110

€128
$132
Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

Silver & Enamel Good Luck Brooch

£ 110

€128
$132

Doubloon

Victorian Brooch. London 1880

£ 100

€116
$120
Victorian Brooch. London 1880

Victorian Brooch. London 1880

£ 100

€116
$120

Jo Brayshaw

Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

£ 85

€99
$102
Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

Silver Horseshoe Pin or Stick Broach

£ 85

€99
$102

Wildwinds Antiques

Mourning Brooch

Sovereign Antiques

Mourning Brooch

£ 295

€344
$354
Mourning Brooch

Mourning Brooch

£ 295

€344
$354

Sovereign Antiques

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.