Description: This late Victorian mourning brooch made of Gutta Percha and accented with beautifully hand engraved gold collared elements. The pin is made up of two pieces, a circle with a tiny rope border and a tubular bar applied across the top. On the back it has a pin stem, hinge and working safety clasp.
Gutta percha is the sap of a particular Malaysian tree and known as the first thermoplastic material. During the second half of the 19th century, gutta-percha became a household word as it was used for a myriad of domestic and industrial purposes since it is a hard and durable material. Pistol hand grips, rifle shoulder pads, walking sticks and canes were also made from gutta-percha. Oddly enough, root canals are still filled with this material today!
Condition: Very good vintage condition, no damages or repairs.
Weight: 6.6 grams.
Size: 1 5/8"
Marks: None, tests 14K.
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