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C1790 Vauxhall glass GEORGE III Brooch 18K and gilt metal back

C1790 Vauxhall glass GEORGE III Brooch 18K and gilt metal back

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1800: Item # 1426540
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Rarely seen George III commemorative brooch with George III in profile at the center and decorated with a border of blue and green Vauxhall glass. This historical brooch was thought to have been made to celebrate George III's recovery from porphyria in 1789. The individual pieces of Vauxhall glass are positioned flat against the metal, as is appropriate to the genre. Other details relating to the construction of the brooch are also consistent with a genuine Georgian era brooch, such as the pin extending appropriately beyond the length of the brooch and the catch, which is in a curved "C" shape. With its historical significance and beauty, this brooch is a showstopper. A note about Vauxhall glass: Vauxhall glass is a blanket term that refers to a type of jewelry made by the Vauxhall Glass Co, an industrial mirror glass factory located near Vauxhall Gardens on the outskirts of London. The original factory began in the 17th century and continued into the Victorian age. Ever resourceful as the Georgians were, the owners employed jewelry artisans as a way of utilizing the leftover shards from their main industry which was the production of mirror glass. The result was these wonderful pieces of handcrafted jewelry. The rich colors, expert craftsmanship, and fine quality mirror glass give Vauxhall glass its distinctive beauty.