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Victorian Vulcanite Hand Brooch

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Fabulous Victorian Vulcanite brooch in the shape of a hand holding a sheaf of wheat and laurel, and a wreath of roses and forget me nots. This classic design symbolised love victorious. This wonderful brooch dates to between 1860 and 1890, when this jewellery was the height of fashion and black was a stylish colour, not just an ornament of mourning. A fabulous piece of antique jewellery.


This brooch measures 57mm x 27mm.
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Finer Details

This stunning brooch is formed from Vulcanite, (also sometimes called "ebonite") which is similar to Whitby Jet, and was made by combining and heating sap of the Euphorbia or Ficus trees from Malaysia with sulphur. Invented in 1843 by Thomas Hancock, pieces made of vulcanite were almost always molded, not carved, and it was used mainly in making jewellery.The flowers in the bouquets of these famous Victorian hand brooches were used to symbolise sentiments, and in this case the classic combination of forget me nots and roses denotes love victorious. This brooch fastens with an open 'C' clasp and is in excellent antique condition.

Additional Information

Jewellery Type Brooches
Period Victorian
SKU V295

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