Antique Victorian French Jet Maltese Cross Pin Brooch measuring almost 1 1/2 in square by 7/16 in deep at the center not including the pin stem.
Made of black glass or “French Jet”, the findings are iron-based and have some rust. Overall, it is in good condition with no cracks or chips.
Unsigned, estimated to date from the 1880s.
During Victorian times, Jet was highly prized, rare, hard to find, and expensive. Jet from Whitby, Englan, was the most prized. French designers created a jet imitation out of black glossy glass, hence the name “French Jet”.