Here is a sweet late 19th century brooch with a hand and turquoise colored glass ball set into a white metal flower. The white metal is soft and I don't know the composition of it--it is not silver and most likely an alloy of two or more types of metal. The hand may be bone or some other material--I just can't tell. The images don't show you the great tiny detail of fingernails and the tiered scalloped cuff, but despite the tiny size, they are present. The hand and ball are wired onto the brooch with brass wire. The original pin clasp survives and is in good working order. The brooch is 1 1/4" tall and the hand measures 7/8" from fingertip to cuff. A fun, wearable antique. Hands were so fashionable in the 19th century as a symbol of love and courtship. Circa 1870 or earlier.
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