Victorian Vauxhall Glass Maltese Cross Brooch
Popular during the 18th and later 19th century, Vauxhall glass was used in any number of objects especially that of jewelry. Please refer to our website for additional information under Helpful Terms & Glossary.
Although quite fragile, backed with brass, as in this antique brooch, it is quite durable. Three-dimensional, it builds layer upon layer of the various shapes and geometries culminating with a central flower form. Round, navette and triangular cuts combine for interplay of shape and light refraction. Lush in color, it shimmers with headiness akin to a glass of claret with its color swirl of reds and burgundies.
As an option, it can be pinned to a wide velvet ribbon and worn at the neck or simply as a brooch
Condition: Excellent with original tube hinge, pin stem and “C” clasp.
Hallmarks: British registry mark for production from 1868 – 1883.
Measurements: 1-3/8 inches (3.4 cm) in length on all sides and has a thickness just shy of ½ of an inch (1.2 cm) not including the pin mechanism. This antique brooch has a weight of 9.7 grams.
Date & Origin: 1868 – 1883; English in origin.