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Vauxhall Bristol Blue Bug Brooch c.1860

Vauxhall Bristol Blue Bug Brooch c.1860

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: Pre 1900: Item # 1431629
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Delightful Victorian deep blue Vauxhall glass bug will be wonderful to wear for dress up or casual events. Vauxhall mirrored glass jewelry was made at the Vauxhall Glassworks in the outskirts of London, as a way of using their extra shards of mirror glass. It was sold to courting couples at the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, and became immensely popular for its intense colors and the exceptional quality of the glass. During the Darwin period, any type of insect was popular, including bees, bugs, and butterflies, grasshoppers dragonflies. This bug is especially unusual because of its Bristol blue color.