This rare beautiful early Victorian Paste Silver brooch was made around 1840 in France, and features the rare French "tete de sanglier" or Boar's head hallmark.
Although the design is typically Georgian this hallmark wasn't brought into play until 1837, so it's possible it was a Georgian button that was hallmarked after it's conversion from a button to brooch.
It's set with countless old mine cut Paste gemstones with a subtle grey sparkle and has a lovely aged patina that compliments the gems beautifully.
It looks so pretty worn as a brooch, but equally can be threaded onto a chain and worn as a pendant, or could be converted once more into a delightful antique Paste ring!
"Paste" is a form of leaded glass, invented in 1724 by French jeweller Georges Frédéric Strass. It was the painstakingly cut & polished with metal powder until it shimmered like Diamonds. Instantly it became a hit with high society- with the best examples fetching higher prices than diamonds and gold.
ERA: Victorian (1837-1901)
MEASUREMENTS: The brooch measures 20 mm in diameter.
The Pastes graduate from 2mm up to 4mm in diameter.
MATERIALS: Sterling Silver, Paste
HALLMARKS: The French Boar's head & an un-identified French maker.
VERY GOOD: The brooch is in good working order with a strong, sturdy clasp. All the Paste gemstones are original and intact, with the stones secured firmly in place. The Paste stones vary slightly in colour, and some have a rare (and coveted!) flash of metallic apricot-hued light glowing from within. Very beautiful and very much a collectible heirloom of the future.