This very pretty and dainty Victorian hand brooch is moulded (not carved) from an early plastic originally named Parkesine (named after its inventor Alexander Parkes) and known from 1870 as Celluloid.
In a yellowish cream, it features a woman's right hand, complete with a bangle and decorative cuff, holding a tasselled closed fan and full blown rose.
In Georgian and Victorian times hand brooches were very popular. Black ones signified mourning and loss, while colored ones often meant friendship, romance and love. The closed fan meant regard, the full blown rose implied the giver or receiver was a mature lady and the most popular featured a bracelet and/or decorative cuff.
Measuring 2" x 1" it has the original brass C clasp and pin, in good working order, and the Antique condition is good.
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