Dating to c.1835-1845, this transitional late Georgian-early Victorian brooch boasts a bouquet of beautiful blossoms in full bloom!
Measuring 2 3/8" long x 1 7/8" wide, this delightful hand-painted brooch will keep summer in your heart just as the autumn winds begin to blow! This lovely brooch features a still life painting of white roses, bluebells, a tiger lily, blue trumpets, buds and greenery in vivid oils on a iridescent mother-of-pearl ground! The painting is protected by its original crystal, and is set in a chased and engraved silver-gilt frame (sterling silver fire-gilded with 14k yellow gold; unmarked but tested).
The reverse of the brooch is backed with silver gilt, and retains its original "T and C" clasp, with the pin protruding 3/8" past the frame as a "keeper." This painting was likely executed by a young lady as an exercise in fine art, then framed for her wear. Best of all, this jewel has survived the past 175 years in excellent condition, with no damage to the image, crystal, or frame. This vibrant brooch was somewhat difficult to photograph; it looks so much prettier "in hand!" It looks wonderful worn with anything from blue jeans to a business suit, and it is truly one-of-a-kind!
Weighing in at 19.33 grams, this is a beautifully-crafted brooch, and will make a stellar addition to any collection of early Victorian jewelry. It would also make a thoughtful gift for any lady fond of floral-themed antique jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this charming bouquet; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for fast sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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