Antique, Georgian Silver, black dot paste line brooch, pin, Circa 1810
A beautiful European, Silver paste brooch, featuring five paste stones mounted in a silver setting on a decorative bead and rope gallery. Each beautiful black-dot paste stone measures 7mm, they are very well matched.
Complete with T-bar & C-clasp fitting.
Hallmarked: none – tested as silver
MEASUREMENTS: 38×8 mm
HALLMARKS: none – tested
WEIGHT: 3.5 grams
CONDITION: Good, though there is minor damage to one of the end beads
DATE: Georgian (1714 to 1830)
Paste is cut leaded glass that is faceted to resemble gems or precious stones. Often referred to as Strass (after Georges Frederic Strass), an 18th century Parisian jeweller. Strass became world famous for his paste jewellery after he was appointed jeweller to the King of France in 1734. He used a mixture of glass and lead that makes glass highly reflective and began mounting them in the most sumptuous of settings. The stones are coated with a metal coating or foiling, sometimes tinted, to make them even more brilliant and refractive. The mid and later 18th Century was awash with paste and even Marie Antoinette wore it copiously.
All items are Antique, Vintage and/or Pre-owned and will naturally have signs of wear & tear commensurate with age. Antique boxes are for display purposes only unless otherwise stated the item will be sent in a Leatherette & Velvet box.