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Antique Georgian Earrings Cut Steel Dangle Drops Stars Moons Flowers Fringe(7018)

Antique Georgian Earrings Cut Steel Dangle Drops Stars Moons Flowers Fringe(7018)

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Antique Georgian earrings ear pendants. Made of cut steel early 19th century. Measurements: Weight is 9.8 grams. Length is 2 inches (5cm) not including the wires. Description : Superb pair of dangling earrings made of cut steel. Cut steel became popular during the wars between German states and France, when women sold their gold to support the war effort. Jewelry made of cut steel was no less lavish or well made than that of gold and fine gems. This is a wonderful example. The upper section consists of a star suspending a line with a flower dangling underneath. The flower is surrounded by the tapering edges of a crescent moon which in turn supports a fringe of cut steel. Each line of the fringe moves independently so the total effect of the earrings is full of action. The cut steel is very finely made with angled surfaces. It is attached to plates of metal at the back via fine hand-made rivets, which indicate the age of the earrings. (later cut steel copies were not so finely made. The rivets are the first clue to authenticity). Marks and Metal: No marks. Condition: Good with minor wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer. Cut steel was popular in England and Europe from the mid-1700's. Fans included Marie Antoinette, Napoleon Bonaparte and Catherine the Great of Russia. During the time of Marie Antoinette, cut steel could command higher prices than similar jewels in real gold. Today, due to natural rust, there is not a lot of good quality, good condition cut steel jewelry available. Pieces like this are increasingly rare and valuable.
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