Antique Victorian Era Portrait Brooch/Pin of 19th Century Lady With Background
Antique Victorian Era (1837-1901) Portrait Brooch/Pin featuring an unidentified 19th century Era woman. The photographic jewelry piece features an indoor background, intertwined metal design and an original c-clasp backing.
Measurements: 1.5 inches
Weight: 2.8 grams
Brooch/Pin is in very good antique condition with minor signs of patina on the backside and intricate intertwined metal design.
The brooch/pin does not have any markings or stampings
History: 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.