Victorian Cut Steel Antique Horseshoe Brooch

This symbolic and well preserved example of cut steel jewellery dates from the late 1800s.  

Condition Report:

Very Good - A little darkening to the cut steel studs in some areas. This is consistent with age and use and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 

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The Details...

This brooch is created from faceted from cut steel studs, assembled onto a steel framework. They form a horseshoe design. The fastening pin is attached to the brooch with a round hinge and the brooch fastens using a 'C' catch. The brooch measures 2cm x 2.5cm.

A Short History...

From the late 1700s through to the late 1800s, cut steel was a highly popular material in jewellery manufacture. It sparkled like diamonds, but was less expensive. It catered for a middle class of jewel enthusiast being more costly than paste. It was a particularly coveted material in French society, when Napoleon's second Empress, Marie-Louise commissioning sets made out of cut steel and she made it very fashionable indeed. The horseshoe was a popular motif in Victorian symbolic jewellery design, as it symbolised good luck and protection from evil. 

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection. 

  • Colour Silver
  • Occasion Smart Casual, Everyday, Bridal
  • Trend Delicate and Demure