Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Late 19th Century Habsburg Brooch

© Sotheby’s

A majestic, historic diamond brooch designed as a double-headed eagle was recently sold at Sotheby’s. Initially it belonged to Leopold-Salvator of Habsburg-Lorraine, Archduke of Austria, Prince of Tuscany (1863-1931). The brooch was passed on to his descendants until it was sold in May 2021.

© Sotheby’s

The double-headed eagle is significant because it symbolizes the coat of arms of the House of Austria. It’s entirely set with with cushion-shaped, round, single-cut and rose-cut diamonds. Whenever such historic jewels are sold I often wonder who the buyer is and if they plan on wearing the jewels. Here’s hoping that we see this unique brooch either worn or in a museum somewhere.

2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Royal Trinket: Late 19th Century Habsburg Brooch

  1. It must be somewhat difficult to wear such a brooch unless you have some sort of connection with the family, it being an image of a coat of arms. I do hope that the buyer of this glittering piece of history enjoy it as that and that it has not been bought to be broken up.

    Liked by 1 person

    • I hope so too. It would be a real shame to break this up because its existence is one of a kind. The few surviving brooches that are simliar with the double-headed eagles that survived are in museums.

      Liked by 1 person

Comments are closed.