Today I am selling a lovely Georgian paste brooch. This oval brooch was most likely a shoe buckle in its original life, but like many Georgian buckles was converted into more wearable jewelry during the Victorian era. The cushion cut pastes are round except for the two oval ones on each end. They are crimp set into low grade silver with foil backs to reflect the light. It is not hallmarked but the silver acid tested as low grade, probably 750 or 800. The C clasp and hinge were added during the Victorian era. The pin is a little loose but stays closed securely in the C clasp.
CONDITION: Very good for it age. All stones are intact with no chips or cracks that I can see, and only a few light scratches and flea bites. Most of the pastes have dulled slightly. General light tarnish to the silver. Solder on the back where the pin mechanism is attached.
CIRCA: Late Georgian era (1810s)
MEASUREMENTS: almost 1 13/16 inches long and 1 1/8 inches at its widest