The use of equestrian themes has long since
been popular with jewellery designers; and with eventing season opening up
again in Ireland O’Reilly’s have some beautiful pieces to adorn any show jumping
or dressage outfit or simply when dressing up to attend an event
The stock tie worn by gentlemen as everyday
apparel in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and used in hunting as a
safety measure in case of injury as a
temporary bandage for a horse’s leg or a sling for a rider’s arm is still used
today in eventing such as dressage. The stock pin was used to secure the knot
and there are many different examples from the simple gold pin to very
elaborate jewel adorned versions, now they are mostly used as brooches;
Lot 236; A fine example of a ruby and
diamond stock pin modelled as a Jockey’s hat and whip €500 – 800 (image)
Lot 194; An early 20th century
example, set with pearl and diamond €300 – 500 (image)
The Victorians loved to use symbolism in
their jewellery and the use of the horse shoe
as a protective symbol against mis – fortune was very in vogue with the
superstitious Victorians and remains popular today as a luck charm today, but
remember to wear your horseshoe upside-down or all the luck will fall out! We
have several examples in this sale;
Lot 197 – An antique diamond set tie pin,
modelled as a horseshoe €250 – 350 (image)
Lot 201; An antique gold pendant, with
horseshoe motif €250 – 350 (image)
Or for those on a bigger budget we have a
magnificent example of a Victorian emerald and diamond horseshoe brooch; Lot 207 € 4800 – 6000
Gucci is well known for using Equestrian themes in their jewellery and clothing, the horse bit being the most popular modern take, we have two examples of the ‘Horse Bit’ strap on G frame Gucci watches; Lots 52 & 57, both estimated at €200 – 300 (image)
For the Gentlemen; fear not we haven’t left
you out! Lot 97 are a novelty pair of enamelled cufflinks modelled as Polo
Sticks €380 – 420 (image)
O’Reilly’s have had their own little foray
into the show jumping world and have been delighted to sponsor the St. Gerard’s
School Show Jumping Competition for the last couple of years;
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