A lovely pair of late Georgian or early Victorian earrings set with individually riveted faceted studs with traditional brass backing. Each stud contains around fifteen facets which is indicative of their early age and manufacture.
Fashioned as two daisy motif panels, the top daisy sitting close to the ear on its original silver shepherd hook earwire with a single strand distancing the bottom ‘daisy’ with sweet little articulated single cut steel to the bottom with twinkles when the earrings move!
Popular throughout both the Georgian and Victorian eras cut steel was worn in the candlelight to initiate diamonds, and interestingly originally made from the old horseshoes which littered the streets of Britain!
In Georgian times each cut steel stud was laboriously hand cut and polished(called chip carving), drilled and then hand riveted to its brass backing, and usually consisting of fifteen facets both of which can clearly be seen with these superb earrings.
5cm drop from ear wires
4.5 with our wires
1.1cm Each daisy motif
Ear wires test as approximately sterling silver
Very good antique condition, no rust. Patina associated with age, very slight softening to some facets of a couple of individual studs, only noting for accuracy.
Interestingly the two little articulating single studs have been applied in two different ways, this is original, not a repair as there is no evidence of repair, and cannot really be noticed from the front of the earrings. As these earrings were hand crafted from scratch we believe the original jeweller may have had a lapse, or a drink while manufacturing!
History of Cut-Steel Jewellery
Cut-steel jewellery was produced as far back as the Elizabethan period in England, but developed into a serious concern in the 1700s as demand for the product grew.
Becoming fashionable in France circa 1759, cut-steel jewellery was worn as a substitute for donated (or hidden) jewellery when French King Louis XV requested that citizens donate their precious gems and jewellery to help fund his military campaigns during the ‘Seven Years War’.
The French spurred the English manufacturers in Woodstock and Birmingham with their overwhelming demand for the product’.
(Credit Land Antique University).
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