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Measurements: Total DIAMETER: 1 1/2" - PHOTO Diameter: 1 1/4"
The photo in this ornate brooch is definitely a studio portrait - grandmother/granddaughter? with the older woman seated in a Wakefield style wicker photographer's chair. Most photo brooches have a much simpler brass frame. However, this brooch is most unusual with its blue, green and yellow enameled leaves - each centered by a cobalt blue rhinestone in a full prong setting. An expensive brooch when it was new in the late 1800's.
Look at photo #3: the back of the brooch. As you can see, the photo is held in place by many tabs. These tabs can be GENTLY opened so as to insert another, personal family photo . But do this only once as the tabs are fragile and tend to snap off with repeated bends. (This would make a very special wedding brooch: "something blue" with a photo of the bride and groom.
Because I have not removed this photo, I cannot say definitely whether the photo is on glazed tin or under a celluloid cover. These two methods were the most common forms of photo protection. Glass would be the other. Because there are two light scratches to the front of the photo insert, I believe that this particular brooch was created using the glazed tin method.
The metal of the brooch is unpolished brass.
Victorian Photo Brooch with enamel, rhinestone frame