Posted 6 years ago
Since I started studying at Silesian meshwork , Berlin Iron and early Cut steel jewelry and moreover I saw a pair of earrings with a cut steel edge which were the same as the brooch I showed you about 4 years ago on CW i came to the conclusion that this brooch is even older than i thought. I'll suppose dated around 1780. I couldn't resist to buy these earring to form a beautiful demi-parure. It’s a really lovely original demi-parure this brooch and earrings in the finest tiniest cut steel, with mother of pearl back. The front has cut steel surround and this cut steel has about 16 cuts which is for sure very old dated late 18th century. This would date it to 1816-17. This would fit the style of cut steel boarder (I would have dated it earlier otherwise; certainly no later). Cut steel was very expensive and popular in the Georgian era, each piece of steel in attached separately to the frame(see back of one earring photo number 4 This little demi-parure could also date to the mid-18th century.
Brooch and earrings are set porcelain showing different scenes also a young lady on the swing being pushed what appears to be a servant or footman. In excellent wearing condition. The fronts of the earrings have cut steel surrounds, and are set with porcelain in the centers, showing a man playing a lute (?) and a gentle woman. Later silver wire fittings. All in excellent condition.
Size of the earrings 0.9 x 0.7 inches (23 x 18mms). Weight together 6.38 grams.