Here is a most exceptional and attractive, early Victorian cut steel butterfly pin.
I have recently become fascinated by cut steel, an old jewellery process which dates back to at least the sixteenth century and became the height of fashion in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. It was designed to imitate the glitter of diamond in candle light and quite honestly no other costume jewel performs this as well.
The butterfly measures 1 and 3/8” (3.6cms) across the top of the wingspan and 1 and 7/16” (3.8cms). It weighs 10.2 grams
This elegant butterfly is unlike any other I can find online. The multi-faceted tiny steels are packed closely together. There are larger steels to represent the ‘eyes’ on the butterfly wings and the head. The tail is a finely tapered larger steel.
The reverse is smooth gilt metal. You can see the tiny rivets which are the backs of the cut steels. There is an old style c clasp.
In excellent antique condition with no rust, this delightful and very rare butterfly will arrive in a gift box.
Early Victorian Cut Steel Butterfly Pin