C.1860. Victorian cut steel turtle/tortoise brooch. The brooch has c-clasp, and is in very good condition without rust. A delightful and whimsical cut steel piece.
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 1.65" x 1.10"