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Category: Interpretation
Approval Date: 4/3/2013 4:41 PM
Family Surname: Roos Bakker
Country: Netherlands
Town: West-Terschelling
Date of Image: 04-01-13
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This brooch belonged to my great-grandmother (1870-1928). She wore it prominently on the collar of her dress. My mother never met her grandmother, having died before she was born.

Was it uncommon or common to wear such a broach with the star or shield of David in the late 19th early 20th century?

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4/4/2013 3:04 PM I do not think it has any meaning, it's a vintage Star of David brooch.
Very rare, eBay has a couple of brooches, nowadays we wear the necklaces and I think in your grt grandmothers time they wore alot of brooches.
4/5/2013 8:07 AM I have tried to find something out about this without much success. I think your ggrandmother must just have liked the pin. Maybe it was given to her by someone special to her.

I looked for information on West-Terschelling to see if I could find anything there. West-Terschelling has the only natural bay in the Netherlands. It is the principal town of the island and also the 'island capital' i.e. the town council has met here since 1814. It also has the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, the nautical college that was established over 125 years ago. It apparently has a nice long beach and is a holiday destination- offering an ample choice of shops, bars, restaurants and dancing.

I can't find much out about conflicts except that the British burnt it sometime in the 1600's and from 1806 to 1814 the area was under the Napoleonic empire (Napoleon's brother was in charge). And of course it was occupied by the Nazis in WWII but Napoleon is before your ggrandmother's time and WWII is after your ggrandmother's time.

There are some photos here http://terschellingfoto.jalbum.net/
but I can't read the text of the webpage
4/7/2013 1:41 AM In the language of jewellery, a black enamel and gold brooch of this kind is a 'mourning brooch' and the star in its centre would be intended to symbolise the lost loved one. This looks to be late Victorian (say 1880's). There appears to be a double inset (one for the enamel panel and one for the body of the brooch and it looks as if someone has tried to separate the two to see if there is an image behind the panel. There may be but my guess is that the enamel panel was made as a separate unit for insertion and I would not think it was hinged - don't try to open it yourself if you want to avoid further damage. Finally, I'm not sure about the place of manufacture - it looks like a handcrafted piece of a regional kind - so any manufacturer’s mark or assay marks on the reverse will be a means of identifying that.
4/8/2013 9:33 AM To my knowledge, Jewish women did not wear mourning jewelry as did Christians, particularly after the Shloshim period of mourning (30 day). I have never seen an example of a Jewish mourning brooch. Could the previous poster please cite his/her source for this information?
Ava (Sherlock) Cohn
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