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Black Vauxhall GlassHorseshoe Earrings
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Vauxhall glass - so-named for the company that produced it, the Vauxhall Glassworks - is a type of mirrored glass produced from the late 18th century well into the Victorian period. Unlike paste, which was used almost interchangeably with gemstones and set into precious metals, Vauxhall glass was typically paired with minimal base metal mountings. These wonderful Victorian horseshoe earrings are studded with round and navette-shaped glass gems. Horseshoes are considered lucky no matter their orientation, but when positioned facing down the superstition goes that good fortune will flow forth from the charm.

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  • Materials

    vauxhall glass, brass plates, 10k gold earwires. One earring is missing one gem (or it's so scratched it's not shiny anymore).

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Size

    just under 3/8" tall.

  • Condition

    good.

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Victorian

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VictorianEra

18371901