Dating to around 1820 these incredibly rare English Vauxhall glass snowflake earrings date to the Georgian Regency era. The snowflake was a popular motif for Vauxhall Glass jewellery which was sold as souvenirs in the infamous Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in Georgian London. Vauxhall glass jewellery was manufactured in the old Vauxhall Glassworks in Lambeth and it was the height of fashion in Britain during the 18th and early 19th century.
Steeped in history, the earrings feature tiers of diamond shaped faceted black glass cemented onto a brass back plate that is japanned in black lacquer. They have sterling silver fittings at the back which are replacements, they would have originally had a simple brass hook soldered onto the brass plate.
Not surprisingly, due to the fragile nature of glass, relatively little Vauxhall glass jewellery still survives today so it is wonderful to find a pair of earrings. A fabulous pair of Regency gems, a unique addition to your antique jewellery collection!
MATERIALS: sterling silver, tested
GEMSTONES: Vauxhall glass (paste)
MEASUREMENTS: flower heads measure 1" (2.3cm) diameter, the hooks are 20mmx8mm
DATE: 1820-1830, Georgian, Regency
WEIGHT: 6.8 grams, total
CONDITION: given age these earrings are in very very good condition with expected surface wear and a few nibbles to the glass tiles under magnification but no missing tiles. The tiles aren't perfectly uniform in size or shape, this isn't a flaw, it is due to their hand wrought nature. The backs are securely attached and the hooks are very sturdy. Please see photos.
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