Victorian Gothic-Style Vulcanite Mourning Pendant
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A large antique Victorian mourning pendant in vulcanite – an impressive statement piece!
Mid to Late Victorian in age, it features a floral bouquet in relief against the pear-shaped mount: a gorgeously eye-catching 3D design.
It measures a substantial 47mm in length and weighs 10g, with a large opening at the top for accommodating your preferred necklace.
It is in good antique condition with no chips, cracks or losses to the applied floral detail. The vulcanite shows some colour lightening consistent with its great age, but is otherwise in remarkably good condition.
An unusual and very impressive gothic-style statement piece!
*Vulcanite was invented and then patented in 1844 by Charles Goodyear. The process of combining sulphur with Indian rubber and cooking at high temperatures created a “vulcanised” rubber: a lightweight, hard substance that could be made in various colours.
Black Vulcanite was frequently used to make mourning jewellery in the mid to late Victorian period, as a more affordable alternative to fossilised jet.