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Georgian Cut Steel Butterfly Brooch

$65

The early manufacture of cut-steel jewelry was painstaking work: each individual stud was faceted by hand and then riveted to a base plate made of silver or brass. The brilliant "gems" were intended for evening wear, as their adamantine luster was considered to be the most spectacular under candlelight. These jewels were in great demand for the last half of the eighteenth century and nearly all the way through the nineteenth. This Georgian brooch is fashioned in the shape of a butterfly with rose cut steel studs affixed to a brass base.

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  • Materials

    cut steel, brass

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Good - a few spots of oxidation

  • Size

    1" x 3/4"

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.