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Pique Victorian Maltese Cross Brooch

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When Prince Albert Died the whole nation went in to mourning with Queen Victoria. This led to an explosion of jewellery which was very dark, from jet to black glass to tortoiseshell. At first the pieces were very plain and as the century wore on more decorative elements crept in. This tortoiseshell piece dates from around 1880 as it is already quite intricately inlaid with gold and silver.

Written by Olly Gerrish


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Fair, some minor tendrils missing and scratches to the back





1.8in (4.6cm) in width by 1.8in (4.6cm) in height

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