This mourning brooch takes the form of a hand holding a wreath. It is made of vulcanite, heat hardened rubber, which was invented in 1843 by Thomas Hancock. As the supply of Whitby jet struggled to meet the Victorian demand for black objects vulcanite bacame a popular substitute.


Reference number: DA330673

Dimensions: 29 mm x 73 mm x 14 mm

Date: Mid Nineteenth Century

Creator: Unrecorded

Place: England, United Kingdom, Europe

Collection: Decorative Art