Hand Painted Porcelain Pinchbeck Brooch Pin Antique Victorian c1900.
Pinchbeck is a form of brass, an alloy of copper & zinc, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. Since gold was only sold in 18-carat quality at that time, the development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy gold 'effect' jewellery on a budget. It also allowed the wealthy to make copies of their priceless jewels that could be worn on their travels, still looking fabulous without the risk of theft from highwaymen.
There is a an old repair to the rear of the frame, please see the pictures. To the rear of the porcelain it is stamped with the numbers '173'?. Good secure c clasp & pin.
Size 5.8 x 5.0 cm or 2.3 x 2.0 inches.
Weight 13.8 grams or 8.9 penny weight.