A. Brandt + Son

Victorian Cut Steel Flower Motif Dangle Earrings


Cut Steel is polished steel faceted studs riveted to a steel backing to fashion jewelry, ornaments and buttons. Motifs varied from the simple to the sublime, with multiple layers and densely packed studs. Designs could be enhanced by the use of varying sized studs and each stud could have up to 15 facets. Popular throughout the Georgian and Victorian eras, in general the finer and older the piece, the more facets the studs will have. Made in both England and Europe, this style of jewelry fell out of favor by the turn of the 19th century, but continues to be very collectable with Victorian jewelry collectors!

A wonderful example of cut steel from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! Each of these lovely earrings hang from a 14kt gold wire which attaches to a flower-shaped surmount featuring varying sized cut steel rivets. A slightly smaller but matching floral link attaches to the ornate topper, freely hanging below, and connecting to a crescent shape which hangs on its side from each moon tip. A petite flower dangles at the very center, adding to the lovely movement of each earring and completing the wonderful design. The links are all encrusted with faceted cut steel which varies slightly in size and shape, each riveted on a brass backing. These fabulous earrings would make a wonderful addition to any collection!

Measurements: The earrings hang a little less than 1 3/4" long, are a little more than 5/8" wide and have a depth of 1/8".

Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the cut steel rivets, the brass backing or to the gold earring wires.

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