This little brooch dates from 1935. It shows King George V and Queen Mary and it commemorates their silver jubilee – it has the legend Silver Jubilee on it… so that’s pretty definitive isn’t it?
We wish we could tell you that this was a platinum brooch, containing a tiny miniature painted on a piece of ivory. Alas, we cannot do so for it would not be true.. This is a small printed image in a slightly rusty setting …
As a piece of social history it is priceless – however we are asking a mere £4 – so come on you royal memorabilia collectors out there – we bet you have not got one of these!
The imagery puts us in mind of a certain Limerick:
There once were two persons of taste
who were beautiful down to the waist
so they limited love
to the regions above
and thus remained perfectly chaste.
George V reigned from 1910 – 1936. He changed the family surname from Saxe-Coburg-Gotha to the less German-sounding Windsor during the first World War. He and his wife had several children thus proving that our limerick is totally inappropriate in this instance.