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Victorian Mourning Brooch of Vulcanite

Nice Victorian mourning of Vulcanite, with highly raised relief of a bunch of grapes with leaves and vines. In Victorian times, grapes were a symbol of Christ (as wine is the blood of Christ) and the leaves and vines symbolic of the presence of Christ in our lives.

Brooch measures 2" across by 2 1/4" long - dates from the Grand Victorian era, namely from1860-80, with period correct tube hinge and "c" clasp closure. Brooch is in good vintage condition.

The death of Prince Albert in England, and the over 500,000 deaths of soldiers in the American Civil War elevated mourning to an art form in both the United States and Europe and mourning jewelry was an integral part of the dress of the mourner.

Vulcanite was produced by treating natural or India rubber with sulfur, then exposing it to moderate heat. The resultant material was elastic enough to be fashioned into the desired shape while warm, but became hard and durable once cooled. Developed by Charles Goodyear (1800–1860) in 1836 and patented by him in 1844, vulcanization revolutionized the rubber industry. Contemporary passion for innovation fueled interest in Vulcanite jewelry, and vulcanite was an affordable alternative to more expensive jet pieces.

Take a look at my other original Victorian brooches! http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179660

Victorian Mourning Brooch of Vulcanite


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  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: vulcanite
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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