Made to shine and reflect light beautifully like diamonds - and used on anything from earrings, necklaces, and brooches, to buttons, shoe buckles, and sword hilts - cut steel was a huge trend in the Georgian and Victorian-eras. Spreading quickly from its origins in Woodstock, near Oxford, it soon took hold in other English cities, and then France, Spain, and beyond.
A remarkable cut steel pendant offering an exciting intersection of construction techniques. Most commonly, cut steel will be fashioned into earrings or necklaces, however finding an example with a stunning enamel of a woman being serenaded in an unsolicited concert by a man in an aubergine jacket and tangerine britches— it truly is a great example of the human condition.
A historical note is that the Pastoral 18th century aesthetic was sort of the cottage-core of the 1830’s, as the regency looked back to the “good old days” of the French Ancien Regime for moments of reverie.
Materials and Features: cut steel, enamel
Age/Origin: Georgian, English, c. 1830
Condition: Excellent condition. Minor associated age wear.
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