This early nineteenth-century brooch takes the form of a flowering stem or spray and is beautifully crafted in cut steel. The faceted steel studs - round and marquise shaped - are individually riveted onto a brass or similar metal alloy backing plate in a design suggesting a leafy stem with buds and flowers. This layered design features a large flower head which is separately constructed and partially rotates about its axis - a feature of some Georgian cut steel jewellery. The brooch fastens securely on the back with a long pin and 'c' clasp, although please note the pin is attached only at the top of the hinge, not top and bottom, as the lower part is missing.
There is no obvious rusting to the steel studs but they do show signs of wear and have generally darkened/discoloured with age to a graphite colour. While this is more muted than the sparkly appearance which the brooch would have once had, it is not unattractive in its own right. There are no missing studs on the front and only one missing rivet on the back of the rotating flower head. (What might at first sight appear to be two missing rivets on the back of the 'stem' are deliberate omissions, enabling the flower head to rotate). Not including the pin, the brooch measures approximately 51mm (2") long.
Inspired by nature and intricately constructed, it makes an interesting change from the more typical, symmetrical 'cluster' type cut steel brooches and pendants.
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