1916 Commemoration Harp Brooch

1916 Commemoration Harp Brooch

Annie Quinn Jewellery
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Handmade 925 Solid Sterling Silver 1916 Harp Brooch with 46cm chain and lobster clasp.
Length 22mm, Width 16mm, Depth 3mm

Commissioned for the 1916 GPO Witness History Exhibition

The official emblem of Ireland and we are unique in having a musical instrument as our emblem. One of the oldest instruments in traditional Irish music dating back to medieval times. It is a triangular wooden framed wire or gut stringed instrument plucked by the fingers nails.

In the words of Giraldus Cambrensis, the twelfth century Welsh scholar, describing the musicianship of the harper “...the perfection of their art seems to lie in their concealing it, as if it were the better for being hidden.”