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C1820 Brooch of Mother of Pearl Carving of Gentleman and His Loyal Dog



Enchanting brooch of cut steel and mother of pearl with a carving of a faithful dog accompanying a jaunty man fishing under the shade of a tree. The scene is carved from Mother of Pearl and mounted in cut steel. The brooch has a long bar hinge with a curved "C" catch, completely original which helps authenticate indicate its age.. The background shows most clearly against dark clothing. Mother of pearl is the iridescent inner shell of mollusks that produce pearls. It has been used to carve decorative objects since ancient times and is the most precious part of the shell. Cut steel was a jewelry form crafted by a cottage industry of men and women (and likely child labor as well) in the 18th and 19th century England. Cut steel was also made in France. Using nails and inexpensive found materials, this enterprising group of artisans fashioned jewelry from nails which after pounding and polishing and setting, imitated the sparkle of diamonds in the light. Cut steel achieved great popularity as it appealed to people of more moderate means and was the only jewelry form in history that was made largely by steel workers. The combination of mother of pearl and cut steel together is unusual.


  • Metal
    Cut Steel
  • Stone
  • Stone Cut
  • Dimensions
    Width: 2 in (50.8 mm)Length: 1.5 in (38.1 mm)
  • Style
  • Place of Origin
    United Kingdom
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Baltimore, MD
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU25112643982

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