Antique Victorian Pinchbeck Carved Shell Cameo Brooch, C1880

Antique Victorian Pinchbeck Carved Shell Cameo Brooch, C1880

SKU: 0532


Antique Victorian Pinchbeck cameo brooch, c1880. Ornate pinchbeck surround with carved shell cameo. Pinchbeck is a metal alloy that you won't encounter in todays jewellery. It was invented in the 18th century by a London clockmaker, Christopher Pinchbeck, to resemble gold  & pinchbeck jewellery was used in places like stagecoaches, where there was a risk of theft. Great addition to any collection. With gift box. 


Significant events 1875-1885

1876 Queen Victoria is granted the title of Empress of India from 1877.

1880 The first electric streetlight is installed in Indiana.

1885 The first pedestal flush toilet is demonstrated at the Beaufort Works, Chelsea. 






14.35 grams



47mm x 43mm



There is a some rubbed areas to the pinchbeck frame, this is shown in the photographs, but this does not detract from the overall appearance. Good condition with light surface marks that are consistent with genuine age, use & polishing.


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