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Ref JM7   Aluminium Brooch

A rare aluminium and gilt brooch, circa 1860. Aluminum, when first isolated in the 19th century was more expensive than gold. Outwardly similar to silver, yet surprisingly light, aluminium was viewed as an elite material in the manufacture of jewellery and objets d'art. At a state reception in Paris, Napoleon III ate from an aluminium plate whilst an African prince ate from a gold one. This brooch has domes of engraved aluminium attached to a gilt frame and measures 2 and 1/8 inches by two inches. It is in its original fitted case and immaculate.

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