This is a gorgeous late Victorian or Edwardian picture cameo brooch set with the photo of a charming young lady with a parasol. The photo is original to the brooch, and seems to be professionally posed and styled, similar to the pictures of Gaiety Theatre actresses (known as 'Gaiety Girls') from the same period (if you visit the Lamb Pub on Lamb's Conduit Street you can see lots of these above the seating area) - which makes me wonder whether she may herself be a Gaiety Girl. The brooch has a pinchbeck border typical of this period and a velvet lined swivel back which makes it a bit awkward to remove the photo - though it could be done. The fastening is a secure C clasp. In remarkably fine condition, ready to wear.
A beautiful exemplar of its kind: the girl in the photo is holding roses which have been hand tinted in delicate pink!
Gaiety Girls were the chorus girls (and later actresses) in Edwardian musical comedies, beginning in the 1890s at the Gaiety Theatre, London. The popularity of this genre of musical theatre depended, in part, on the beautiful dancing corps of "Gaiety Girls" appearing onstage in bathing attire and in the latest fashions. The 1890s Gaiety Girls were respectable, elegant young ladies.
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Rare Antique Victorian Edwardian Picture Cameo Brooch (c 1890-1900) with Early Photo of Lady, Possibly a Gaiety Girl. Very Unusual & Well Preserved!
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