Fantastic "coral" celluloid fede brooch circa 1880s-1890s. Not true coral, but a plant based plastic made to appear as coral.
The "fede" motif is one of my favorites and represents two clasped hands. It is Roman in origin and comes from the Italian for "faith," and has come to symbolize "hands clasped in trust."
Given in friendship, love, and betrothal, pieces with this motif make wonderful gifts. You will often see this motif on Victorian era calling cards.
The hands on this brooch have beautiful cuffs and there is a rose clasped between them.
Listing is for the brooch only. Box is not included with this listing.
+++ Measurements +++
1 7/8" x 1 3/8"
+++ Condition +++
Lovely condition with minor age-related wear.
+++ Please read +++
This item is not new, and as such, it has wear commensurate with age. As with all older vintage and antique items, please handle with care.
All items are sold as-is, and I do my best to point out all condition issues and provide a detailed description and photographs.
Unless specified, items have not been cleaned.
I do not accept returns or offer refunds. Please see all photos, read the entire description, and ask any questions before purchasing.