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Victorian Vauxhall Glass Bee Brooch

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This is a great looking bee. His wings and upper body are faceted Vauxhall glass with an edging of round glass and glass eyes. There are two kite registration marks underneath which is unusual. During the Victorian Era a diamond-shaped Design Registration Mark (1842-1883), known as a “kitemark” was used on jewellery and other decorative arts. These marks were stamped to indicate the date a particular design was registered, similar to a patent mark. Kitemarks from 1842-1867 consisted of the “Class” at the top within a circle, the “Year” at the top, the “Month” at the left point, “Day” at the right and “Bundle” number at the bottom. From 1868-1883 the “Day” was at the top, “Bundle” on the left, “Year” on the right and “Month” at the bottom. This practice stopped in 1884. I think this bug dates from around 1870.

Written by Olly Gerrish

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This is a wonderful bee brooch!

Date & Origin

Condition

Very Good, slight chip underneath the glass on the right wing which was probably there when it was originally set

Provenance

English

Materials

Paste

Measurements

Length 4.5 cm
Width at widest point 2.5 cm

Item Number

275K
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