Victorian Pinchbeck Swinging Sphere 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 Victorian earrings (ca1880) are a wonderful representation of pinchbeck. With a very rich, yellow gold appearance, each hangs from a simple earring wire and carries a beautiful 3-dimensional Victorian design. Resting at the base of the earring wire is a gold-tone bead positioned at the top of an open ring encircled by beads. Two extended wire arms, each adorned with a smooth ball at the base, flank the main design's frame and are attached in a manner that allows them to swing with wonderful movement. A matching wire arm with a larger ball completes the center of the design, traversing back and forth within a striking matte and contoured frame. One earring frame is stamped with "EMCO" on its side. The earrings have a striking appearance and look just like the real thing. They would make a perfect addition to any Victorian collection!
Measurements: Each earring hangs approximately 2 1/3" long and is 3/4" wide.
Condition: The earrings remain of overall excellent antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the pinchbeck setting, hinges, dangling links, or to the earring wires, which are secure and intact. There is a slight discoloration at the base of one of the wires which was most likely from a prior repair. Due to the design, it is not noticeable when worn.