Late Victorian black glass mourning bow brooch is textured with a reverse intaglio floral design in a triangular shape that is raised from a matte black glass background on either side of the center of the bow with a raised raised center knot and beaded edges top and bottom and turned outside edges. The triangular sections of each side of the bow, with raised relief floral decoration from a matte ground contrast beautifully with the shiny black glass.
The bow measures a generous 2-5/8" X 3/4". The back of the pin is japanned black metal and the brooch is finished with an embedded safety-pin-type C-clasp. Possibly from Gablonz, and most probably pressed glass for which this area was renowned.
The pin dates from about 1870-1895, the time of Queen Victoria's well-known fashion trend of black mourning clothes and jewelry with the death of her beloved Prince Albert.
What fun you will have accessorizing with this antique beauty! Wear it at the throat of a white shirt collar or to catch a strand of black crystals or beads or pearls, this is fabulous piece! (#15772-Bow)
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