This special antique brooch was hand constructed by inlaying a mother of pearl panel in a tortoise shell frame upon a silver backing. The original early c-clasp and pin stem are made of steel, as typical to ensure strength when piercing thick garments. This brooch is a fascinating example of early jewelry construction - the jewelers nails holding the piece together can be observed.
Era: Late Georgian / Early Victorian (c. 1840)
Size: 45mm x 35mm
Materials: Tortoise Shell. Mother of Pearl. Silver. Steel.
Condition Notes: In excellent antique condition. Antique and Vintage treasures often show signs of love, including patina, scuffs to gold and stones, old sizing or repair marks. I am committed to providing accurate listings and will disclose any defects - but please don't hesitate to contact me before purchasing, I am happy to answer your questions and provide more photos.