Antique Victorian Era Taille d’Epargne Gold Plated Pin/Brooch
Antique Victorian era (c.1837-c.1901) pin/brooch, featuring detailed gold plated black and gold enamel and a working c clasp.
Measurements: 1 1/16"L x 3/8"W
Weight: 15 grams
The brooch is in very good antique condition with some signs of wear & patina on the back setting & clasp closure
The Brooch is unsigned
History: Taille d'Epargne means 'saving cut' in French. The design was popular during the Victorian Era and was produced by Birmingham firms in England. The style became popular in the United States in the 1860's. The method included intricately engraved lines forming a design that was incised into the metal. The metal was then filled with enamel, usually black. Taille d'Epargne was often seen on Victorian bracelets, pins/brooches, and watch cases. The style was particularly used in mourning-style jewelry of the 19th century.
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 (1860-1880), 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.