Woman in Fan Front 1854

This photo is dated March 1854 on a slip of paper held between the pages of the book on the table.

The lady wears a fan front dress with tightly fitting drop sleeves. She has a small gold and gem brooch holding the embroidered net lace collar closed at the throat. She wears a shiny-fabric apron, likely a silk taffeta - you can just see her dress skirt at the far left of the picture. The apron does not have a bib section. She wears no ring on her left hand.

Watch Hook 2

The heart on the front of this watch hook brooch was probably intended to be engraved with a monogram. Many buyers chose not to have the engraving done.

Pearl Starburst Brooch

This brooch may be a mourning piece, as the pearl symbolizes tears. The black and white enamel would be typical for memorial jewels.

Cameo, Diamond, and Pearl Pendant

A baroque pearl dangles from this openwork frame for a bust cameo.

Bar Pin, three lozenges

Bar pins typically were used to attach a watch or watch chain to the bodice. But sometimes they were simply decorative. This pin does not have a hook on the back for the watch. The pin is dimensional, having been stamped and repouseed into high relief.

Bar Pin, one lozenge

Bar pins were commonly worn, often to hold the end of a watch chain. This example shows nice gallery wire decoration.

Agate Brooch

Queen Victoria was fond of Scotland, and spent much time at Balmoral. Scots influenced jewelry was popular during this period. This brooch includes agates. The clasp shows that this is a reproduction.

Mother of Pearl - Star Brooch

Very ornate star pattern, set with rhinestones on mother of pearl. Twisted wirework decorations. The overall feel is of mid to late Victorian work.

Watch Hook 1

This Etruscan Revival pin has a hook to attach a woman's watch.

Pique Brooch, Star Pattern

Unlike many of the pique pieces we encounter, this one has a substantial part of the design in silver. When first acquired, the silver was barely distinguishable from the surrounding tortoise-shell. Careful restoration, using baking soda and aluminum to reverse the tarnishing process brought it back to life.
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