A magnificent, superb quality antique Whitby jet brooch, far from pedestrian, this is one of the largest we have ever come across.
The brooch is Victorian Gothic dating to around 1850 so an early piece. The glossy dense black jet is carved into a domed oval shape with sinuous lines, holes and a line of braiding sweeps across the centre. The jet is of particularly good quality - not all jet was created equal, as a gemstone it was graded according to quality - the better quality was reserved for jewellery like this with the lesser pieces used for mass produced tourist jewellery.
The brass pin back is extremely heavy duty and custom made, it is hand fabricated with the hinge and clasp pegged into the jet, not simply glued on as is typically the case. It is a tension pin and thick gauge so it would have been sturdy enough to attach to the heaviest of garments fashionable at the time like greatcoats, cloaks and furs.
A fantastic and early example of top quality Whitby jet jewellery and a testament to the skill of the old jet carvers. A distinctive addition to your antique jewellery collection and if you have ever wanted to acquire a piece of museum quality Whitby jet jewellery at an affordable price then this is the one for you!
Not to be confused with French jet, which is glass, Whitby jet is a fossilized mineral gemstone millions of years old that is only found in and around Whitby, a seaside hamlet in England. Our shop is located in the heart of the old Victorian jet jewellery industry and all of our jet is sourced locally.
MATERIALS: Whitby jet
SIZE: 2-1/2" (6.2cm) wide, 2" (5cm) high 3/4"
WEIGHT: 22.2 grams
DATE: Victorian, circa 1850
CONDITION: very, very good antique condition with no fractures or cracks, there is a chip to the edge of the jet that can clearly be seen in the photos and we have taken into account when pricing. It is virtually impossible to find genuine antique Whitby jet jewellery of this age without any damage.
At Mercy Madge we offer a carefully curated collection of antique and vintage jewellery. Each piece is hand selected with you in mind and we rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!
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