Dating to ca. 1825-1835, this is a gorgeous example of late-Georgian paste and pinchbeck jewelry in near-pristine condition!
This large brooch features three oval rhodolite garnet pastes, claw-and-collet mounted in a fabulous pinchbeck mounting of fine filigree and repousse work! The largest paste weighs approx. 10 "carats," and is flanked by two pastes of approx. 7 "carats" each. All of the stones are intact, without scratches or chips, and only minimal surface wear to the table facets. The color of the stones is that of rich, natural rhodolite garnets!
The pinchbeck mounting is fabulous in and of itself; this is genuine pinchbeck, not copper-gilt, rolled-gold, or any other later gold substitute. Genuine pinchbeck has the appearance of 20k gold, and does not tarnish. This brooch mounting is crafted with a "3-D" effect. The base of the brooch is a foundation of scrolls and acanthus leaves. Above and below are wonderful filigree leaves, accented with cast scallop shells and rosettes with even more wirework and beadwork!
This is one of the finest pinchbeck mountings I have ever seen on a brooch of this date. It retains its original "T and C" clasp. Neither the stones nor the mounting has suffered repairs or replacements in over 175+ years!
This magical jewel measures 2 1/4" long x 1 3/8" wide x 3/8" tall. It weighs 17.8 grams. Rarely do pinchbeck and paste brooches survive the centuries in this superb condition; this is just as fresh as when it graced the gown of a lady of fashion ca. 1830! The use of pinchbeck ensures a date before 1840.
If you collect the BEST in pinchbeck or paste jewelry, this fabulous brooch belongs in your collection! It lights up anything you wear it with, and is certain to increase in value over the years - genuine pinchbeck is highly sought-after, and prices are commanding a premium. Best of all, this is one highly-wearable antique brooch! This jewel would also make a great holiday gift for any lady fond of the finest in Georgian-era jewelry, especially if she has a January birthday - garnets are her birthstone! Or better yet, treat yourself this year - you deserve it! Either way, do not miss this scarce and beautiful jewel!
Item ID: 858
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