This is a tiny vintage brooch by James Fenton in sterling silver and white enamel, depicting a Tudor rose.
This brooch (and similar versions) was first made by James Fenton around 1900 – the Tudor rose was a popular Arts & Crafts motif. It has reappeared several times since, including 1952 when Queen Elizabeth II came to the throne. This particular brooch is hallmarked for 1956. The white rose is also associated with English cricket – perhaps 1956 was an important cricketing year? It is fitted with a simple c-clasp and it’s small size suggests it is most likely meant for a collar or lapel.
It is just 2cm (5/8″) across.
It is stamped on the reverse with Birmingham hallmarks including the date letter “G” in script for 1956, and the maker’s mark “J.F” for James Fenton.
Condition is fair to good.
There is some damage to the enamel – a surface chip on one petal edge and slight surface chipping at the centre, neither going as deep as the silver. There are a few dark specks and a pinkish hue to the edges of the enamel that are original flaws, not damage. Due to the small size of this brooch, these defects are not noticeable except on very close inspection.