A Victorian Diamond-set Feather Aigrette/brooch
A Victorian diamond-set feather brooch, the two realistically carved feathers encrusted with old European-cut diamonds, tied with an old-cut diamond-set ribbon, the diamonds weighing approximately a total of 20 carats, all set in silver to yellow gold back, with gold detachable brooch and gold clip fitting to be worn as hair ornament, circa 1860, gross weight 56.7grams, compare with similar aigrette by O.Massin illustrated in “French Jewellery of the Nineteenth Century” by Henri Vever page 707.
This wonderfully detailed and magnificent piece features two masterfully carved feathers set throughout with a total of twenty carats of dazzling old-cut diamonds. The two feathers are tied together with a lovely carved ribbon, also set with diamonds. Feathers became popular adornments for both clothing and hair in the Victorian era, particularly ostrich and peacock feathers which were imported into England at great cost. This stunning piece features a gold clip fitting allowing it to be worn in the hair as an aigrette as well as mounted on a garment as a brooch.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.