Sash pins, enormously popular during Victorian, Belle Epoch, Edwardian, Nouveau and Art Deco periods morphed into the splashy rhinestone brooches of Hollywood's golden age and beyond. Crafted in materials ranging from base metal and brass to sterling silver and gold filled, the pins were the epitome of form, fashion and function.
The antique sash pin presented, circa late 1800s to early 1900s, features three prominent, faceted amethyst colored art glass stones -- two horizontally bezel set, rose cut oblongs and one vertically bezel set, oval cut. The trio rests upon a bed of foliage and berries / nuts in pewter tone metal. Reverse displays unfoiled stones and period appropriate simple c-clasp pin assembly.
The brooch measures approximately 3 inches x 1 7/8 inches with a 7/8 inch profile or height. Center oval stones is about 23 millimeters x 15 millimeters; each flanking oblong stone, approximately 16 millimeters x 9 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is about 36 grams.
Condition is excellent antique. All components correct / intact. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to stones. Bezels secure. No dents, improper bends, crush or collapse. Pewter tone finish has wonderful age appropriate patina. No polishing done. Reverse pin mechanism strong and secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Minor age commensurate wear only. Excellent antique.
As was common, the brooch is not signed. It's design, materials, construction and overall presentation indicate it dates circa late 1800s-early 1900s.
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Victorian Faux Amethyst Sash Pin Brooch