Large Victorian Vauxhall Glass Maltese Brooch & Pendant
This is a very striking piece of jewellery. It is a Maltese cross and was made circa 1840. It has been set with Through the eighteenth century and on into the middle of the nineteenth, Vauxhall glass was a popular gem substitute. Intense hues of highly reflective purple, orange, red, green and blue were set into butterfly, snowflake and flower motifs on necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches and hair combs. Made in the Vauxhall Glassworks in London, this jewellery w... More. These lovely reflective glass jewels continued to be produced through the end of the Jewellery made in the Georgian era (1714-1830). era (1830), the entire Regency period (1830-1837) and well into the late Jewellery made in the the Victorian era (1839-1901). age. They were the perfect affordable alternative to expensive gems in precious metal settings. The reverse is brass that has been ‘japanned’ with a coating of black lacquer.
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