Victorian Dramatic Repousse Bulb Pinchbeck Earrings
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
These fabulous and dramatic Victorian earrings (ca1880) are a wonderful representation of pinchbeck. With a very rich, yellow gold appearance, each hangs from a simple 14kt gold earring wire and carries a beautiful Victorian repousse design. Two graduated links are hinged together, each carrying a complimentary bulb design with a stunning 3-dimensional appearance and a flowing, textured surface. The earrings are hollow and regardless of their size, are very light and comfortable to wear. The earrings have a striking appearance and look just like the real thing. They would make a beautiful addition to any collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs 3" long, is 1 1/8" at the widest point and 7/8" in depth.
Condition: The overall condition of the earrings is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the pinchbeck earrings or to the earring wires.