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Antique Cut Steel Pin-Wheel Large Dangle Earrings ~ Georgian Period
Blinded by the Light! So says the cut-steel advertisement for cut-steel buttons. Photo is from my (Georgian Bible) Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830 by Ginny Redington Dawes with Olivia Collings... Love the book and photos and information is exceptional!
Cut-Steel has been around since the late 17th Century. Most came out of England, none was hallmarked. "There are few diamond substitutes more effective than cut-steel and none more unlikely, considering the material from which it was made ~ The horseshoe nails that littered the muddy lanes of enterprising English villages in the eighteenth century. The best early pieces had as many as fifteen facets per stud (whereas most Victorian pieces had five facets.)***
These earrings have 12-15 facets per stud and the back rivets are easily identifiable as Georgian. Later they became lighter in weight and the rivets were not nearly as well done as the earlier pieces such as these earrings...
The earrings are the perfect size in my opinion! They dangle 1 1/2" from the top of the wire. The measure just slightly over 1" x 1". Each earring weighs 3.5 grams for a total of 7 on the dot.
The condition of the earrings are fantastic with no apologies to be made. The wires are newer sterling silver wires as the old had completely given out. They are not hallmarked but tested. In just a bit of time, if left out on a dresser, they will develop patina very quickly.
Likely English in origin, circa 1800, Georgian period.
I love they way they twinkle by candlelight or in the sun. A beautiful example of early cut-steel. I think that every collector should have at least one quality piece of cut-steel in their collection, I do! Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Steel, Size: 1 1/2" Dangle x 1" across
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