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.
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’.