Ancient Monastery Tourist Vintage Brooch
An interesting vintage brooch which has researched back to the Ancient Spanish Monastery which is located in Florida, USA, Its an interesting history. In 1925 William Randolph Hearst purchased the Cloisters and the Monastery's outbuildings from where it had been built in Northern Spain in 1141 ! The structure was dismantled stone by stone, packed in 11000 crates and shipped to the United States. It was not until the 1950's that the crates were finally opened, after Hearst's death and two entrepreneurs had the church re built in Florida, costing $20 million dollars. They meant it to be a tourist attraction, but in 1964 Colonel Robert Pentland who was a multimillionaire banker and benefactor of many Episcopal churches, purchased the Cloisters and presented them to the Bishop of Florida. Today, the parish Church of St. Bernard de Clairvaux is an active and growing congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of South East Florida. Which brings me to this lovely brooch.
The brooch still has an original sticker to the back with "Ancient Spanish Monastery". The Monastery has a tourist shop, and obviously at some point that is where the brooch was originally purchased. It is moulded in a flower head design with a crystal rhinestone centre piece and crystal rhinestones surrounding the edge. Overall dimension is 5cms x 4cms, with a firm roll over safety clasp to the back. It is in very good condition, and gift boxed by Vintageonline.