Antique Victorian Era Black Flower/Snowflake Carved Vauxhall Glass Mourning Brooch
Antique Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) carved black vauxhall glass flower/snowflake enamel ‘Mourning’ brooch. Brooch features a c-clasp setting closure.
Measurements: 1.5 inches
Weight: 16 grams
Brooch is in very good antique condition with minor patina & signs of wear on back of setting
The brooch is unsigned
History: Vauxhall glass was a popular gem substitute for jewelry during the 18th & 19th centuries. The glass was created in the Vauxhall Glassworks in London.
The Victorian Era (c.1837-c.1901) was named after Queen Victoria, whose reigned lasted from 1837-1901 in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. She is the second longest ruling monarch. There are three periods within the Victorian Jewelry Era: The Romantic Era (1837-60), The Grand Era (1861-1880), and the Aesthetic Era (1880-1901). Popular designs included the famous ‘mourning jewelry’ period within the Grand Era. The ‘Mourning’ Grand Era began after Queen Victoria’s husband, Prince Albert, passed away. Queen Victoria went into a deep mourning stage while consistently wearing all black attire & jewelry. Mourning Jewelry was common in both the U.K and the U.S. Common jewelry characteristics within this period included black & gold enamel, monogrammed personal accessories, memorial sentimental jewelry such as strands of a deceased loved one’s hair or photograph. Common materials used were jet, onyx, gold, and glass. The last period within the Victorian Era was the Aesthetic Era, which emphasized Queen Victoria’s optimism and looking forward to brighter days.