Sash brooches were popular during the late Victorian era into the early 1920s. Their large size served both form and function beautifully. The Edwardian example pictured, circa 1910, is nicely cast with brass volutes, shells at corners, beading and wonderful red rauten rose cut rhinestones at north, south, east and west frame centers. A brass overlay of filigree and foliage adds dimension. The bezel set, luscious ruby red faceted oval glass stone is further secured with four leafy brass prongs. The center red stone is unfoiled and open backed. Outstanding casting and stone work.
The sash pin is very large at approximately 3 inches x 2 1/4 inches. Center oval stone is approximately 24 millimeters x 14 millimeters. Peripheral round brilliant are about 5 millimeters. Weight of the brooch is 34 grams.
Condition of the pin is excellent / pristine vintage. All components original and intact. All four rauten rose cut rhinestones (flat backs with pointed tables) intact, retaining brilliance and red color. Center stone free from chips, nicks, crack or breaks. No flea bites. All brass work intact with a rich, mellow patina. No polishing nor abrasive cleaning has been done. No verdigris. Pin stem straight with simple, age appropriate C clasp strong and secure. Clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Large and showy sash pins can work well with today's expressive fashions. The example offered adds red glass stones imparting wonderful color and sparkle. They were immensely popular, albeit for a relatively short period of time when sashes were de rigueur. Revisit the romance. Sash it up.
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