An etruscan revival 15 ct rose gold brooch dating from around 1870. Here we have a very attractive and well made Victorian period brooch that has been designed to be worn in a number of ways. The brooch has an integral small bar at the bottom to which a decorative tassel or fringe could have been attached. It also has a strong hook at the back in order that a pocket watch could be suspended from it. This way, the brooch would have three different looks and uses - the Victorians loved this kind of multi-purpose jewellery!
Please note that the gold watch shown in the images is for illustration only and is NOT included or for sale.
The brooch has a central round raised panel with a split pearl at the centre framed by raised scrolls. The brooch is extensively engraved with a vermicelli type design. The black enamel decoration - leaves and berries - may indicate that it was made as a piece of mourning jewellery.
The brooch measures a little under 1 1/2 inches long by 3/4 inch. The long pin fastens very securely to a c-shaped clasp. It weighs 6.6g and is in very good condition with just very minor loss of black enamel. There is no fringe or tassel to attach but a single pearl dropper or safety chain could be added to the bar, if desired. This is a great brooch and a very wearable item of Victorian jewellery.
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