Miss Minnie Tuttle Jet Mourning Brooch

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This Victorian brooch is a dome of jet exquisitely carved with the name Miss Minnie Tuttle. Miss Tuttle's name is framed in forget me nots and a Greek key design. Such a romantic and personal mourning piece, a bespoke work of art honoring this woman. The brooch is secured with a classic Victorian brass C-clasp. Circa 1880.

Jet was popularized in the mid Victorian period. Queen Victoria was in mourning for her husband for decades, as a result mourning attire became fashionable in society. The naturally black color of jet made it a logical material for use in the mourning jewelry worn at that time. Jet (petrified lignite coal) was mined in Whitby England and the majority of jet jewelry from the 19th Century was made in England.

Details.....The brooch measures 2.25" by 1.66". In Very Good Antique Condition. The jet is chipped on the back of the piece. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique pieces, we consider it part of the charm.

Item #JRL325