The Three Pence Spitfire Brooch


This unique, hand-crafted brooch is made in Nelson by Martin de Ruyter.  Taught by his late grandfather, each piece is shaped from a 3d or three pence coin into the shape of a spitfire fighter aircraft.

This type of jewellery is sometimes known as trench art.

Size approx. 2 cm x 2.25 cm.

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Martin explains that Jim, his grandfather, then a 15-year old bay in war-torn England, fashioned these items ‘during tea breaks while building real spitfires for the RAF in a factory near his home in Swindon.  He used the three pence coin because of their high silver content, and I use New Zealand three pence coins for the same reason’.