C.1860. A large Victorian cut steel bird brooch. The brooch has c-clasp on the back. It shows bright sparkles with beautifully preserved cut steel facets. Overall in very good condition without rust.
Cut steel jewelry was introduced in the Georgian era around the mid-1700s. This particular type of jewelry is made with polished steel-faceted studs to create a dazzling effect. Cut steel was fashioned in many ornaments: jewelry, buttons, shoe buckles, etc. The finer cut steel studs date back to an older period. Throughout the Victorian era, cut steel jewelry continued to be a very popular choice of adornment.
This brooch measures approximately 3" x 2"