JT04 - Grapevine motif gold brooch

An 18ct gold brooch shaped like a grapevine, twigs and grapes with safety chain and pin.

The symbol of vines and grapes was a popular motif in Australian goldfields jewellery manufacture from the early gold rushes in the Central Goldfields of Victoria from the 1850s.

Representing the Christian faith, brooches like these enjoyed a resurgence in popularity during the Kalgoorlie gold rushes from the 1890s until the 1930s.

This brooch was a gift for Marie Otillie Johannsen from her eldest brother Wilhelm Hoffman in 1895. As Marie was 12 or 13 years old at the time, and we have confirmation souvenirs from the same year belonging to her, we can assume it was a reverent gift to commemorate a milestone considered highly significant within the Lutheran Chuch to which the family belonged at the time.

Object ID: JT04 - Grapevine motif gold brooch

Date Made: 1895

Maker: G.R. Addis