Up for grabs is this antique pearl brooch by Tiffany & Co. It comes in its original fitted box. It is many natural seed pearls and a tested 14k gold pin and clasp. The pearls were strung on white horsehair and then attached to a mother-of-pearl backing drilled for that purpose. Victorians favored the look of these delicate, almost lace-like pieces against the skin and often associated seed pearl jewelry with purity. They were especially fashionable as bridal gifts. An 1870 newspaper article noted how such pearls were "exquisitely beautiful and constitute an appropriate and elegant present to a young bride."
Tiffany & Co. resided at 550 Broadway from 1853 to 1870.
The box is an early form so this brooch probably dates to the 1850 -1860's. It measures about 2 1/8" long by 1 3/8" wide.
This is a rare and very early Tiffany hand made brooch, very hard to find!
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