Victorian jewelry is always SO interesting! This stick pin is relief carved from one piece of jet (Whitby jet...French Jet is black glass). Jet can be quite brittle so it has to be handled by a carver with quite a bit of skill. This is likely the work of a master carver. Look at the head, arms & legs of the putti and the lyre he/she is holding.
As fashion moved away from the light materials of the Regency period and towards the heavier Victorian garments jewellery had to accomodate the trend. Jet was an ideal material for the production of large brooches due to its lightness.
We took the piece to a local estate jeweler for professional testing and we were told that it is gold-filled. This is not unusual during the Victorian Era. The stick portion of the pin is straight and well attached to the back. The brooch also includes its original stop, which is a spring loaded "friction keeper" or locking mechanism to keep it secure.
An amazing piece to wear or display!
We estimate the age to circa 1850-1890ish.
1 6/16 x 1 3/16 and 3/4" deep (4 x 3 x 1.8 cm)
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