Lovely French Jet (black glass) "crepe" earrings, possibly worn for mourning, circa 1889. Second to last photo shows a "Busiest House in America" catalog page with the exact earrings! (available on archive.org)
Crepe (also called crape) refers to a type of rough textured fabric often used in mourning clothing and veils during the Victorian era. The texture of these earrings is meant to mimic that look.
Gold filled backs and ear wires.
Check the last photo for an image of "crape stone" jewelry from an 1886 B. Altman catalog (available on archive.org).
+++ Measurements +++
1/2 diameter round earrings, total of 3/4" with ear wires.
+++ Condition +++
Good condition with minor wear/patina from age.
+++ 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.
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