Miss Minnie Tuttle Jet Mourning Brooch

Gem Set Love

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We are listing a selection of truly special pieces from our collection of antique mourning jewelry. These wonderful brooches are incredible tokens of love and sentiment that have come down to us through history. This is the perfect opportunity to add a genuinely unique jewel to your collection.

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 made popular 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 c was made in England.

Details.....The brooch measures 2.25" by 1.66". In Very Good Antique condition for its age. 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 number jrl325.

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