Victorian Hands were given as tokens of friendship and love.... This is such a beautiful example of one of these tokens.. I happen to adore and collect hands.. Each position of the hand represented a different feeling.. Those Victorian's had something for just about everything including position of fingers or thumbs....
The woman's left hand is delicately carved with her thumb separated in a dainty fashion. The MOP that was selected by the jeweler is exquisite. In the sunshine it throws off a beautiful rainbow hue. she is wearing a tested and fully decorated (tested) 15K yellow gold glove. It is scalloped all around the bottom edge and goes completely around the hand. The bench jeweler crimped the gold around the mother of pearl.
The brooch is completely original. The pin is straight and sharp. The original open C clasp is firmly in place and in perfect working order. On the backside of the glove it shows deep warm patina to the gold.
It is a nice size and measures 2 1/8" Long x 5/8" across the widest portion. The hand weighs 5.7 grams.
The MOP is perfect. I do not see any damage to the gold work either and it is just simply lovely.
Circa 1880. It is hard to believe this delicate piece has survived this many years without being damaged. A wonderfully rare find as these hands are so difficult to find. Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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