Early Victorian

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.

Mourning Brooch, Hairwork in the Shape of an Eye

This small brooch includes locks of hair arranged behind a crystal window. The impression is of an eye looking out from the brooch. Black enamel diamonds surround the crystal in a high-karat gold surround.

The pin is wider than the brooch. This is characteristic of early brooches.


Gutta-Percha Cameo Brooch

This cameo is carved and molded from gutta-percha. It is in extremely high relief. The mount is unusual, with the pin back clasping the en-bloc cameo.

Pique Brooch, Honeycomb Pattern

This large pique brooch has a central honeycomb pattern, surrounded by a Greek key motif.

Pique is one of the materials which cannot be legally made anymore. It is created by steaming and heating a base of tortoise-shell, which is then molded into shape. Thin rods of precious metal are embedded into the softened shell. After cooling and hardening, the surface is ground and polished.

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