Dating to c.1860, this blown glass cloak or hair pin is an incredible survival as well as an excellent example of Victorian blown glass jewelry!
I have only ever had two examples of blown glass jewelry in my 10+ years as a Ruby Lane shop owner, as these pieces rarely make it into the 21st-century! This exquisite jewel measures 4 1/4" long, with the decorative portion measuring 3 1/8" long x 1 3/8" wide! Pins such as this were worn on cloaks and gowns made from heavy silks or velvet, and this scarce turquoise blue example has survived in as pristine condition as the most discerning collector could hope for!
The main element of this pin boasts seven blown glass orbs averaging 1/2" in diameter. The center orb is decorated with an inset gilt star, and a brightly gilt ribbon nests in between the orbs. Three drops hang from the main element, each comprised of two orbs finished with gilt fringe. All 13 glass orbs are intact, original, and perfectly matched for color - a matte shade of robin's egg blue perfectly in keeping with the fashions of the early 1860s!
The back of the pin retains its original "T" finding and steel pin; this brooch never had a "C" portion. This unique jewel will light up the lapel of any winter coat; alternatively, it could also be worn in the hair to make any "up-do" perfectly Victorian! If you collect the rare and unusual in Victorian jewelry, this pretty pin belongs in your collection! Do not miss it; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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