Lovebirds brooch, c 1850.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 30cm x 32cm

Lovebirds brooch, c 1850.

© NMeM / Kodak Collection / Science & Society


A lovebirds brooch, created by an unknown artist in about 1850. A reverse silhouette carving shows two lovebirds resting on a birdbath. The brooch frame has a decorative leaf motif, seen from the reverse in this image. The brooch could be swivelled around to show either side, depending on the wearer. A photograph of a young woman appears on the reverse. Photographic jewellery quickly became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones.

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