Victorian Cut Steel Bow Design Brooch

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

Condition Report:

Excellent - This piece was first fashioned as a buckle and in its early life was then made into a brooch. 

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The Details...

This brooch is created from cut steel. The brooch fastens using a 'C' catch and the pin is fitted to the brooch with a tube hinge. The brooch measures 5.5cm x 2cm.

A Short History...

From the late 1700s through to the 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 made it very fashionable indeed. 

Wear it With...

Why not pin this at the top of a buttoned up shirt for a truly edgy look?