Here is a wonderful throwback to a time before easily snapping of a few photos with a digital camera or a smart phone, to a time where photography was still in its infancy and where a black and white photograph was painstakingly hand painted with colour to breath life into a photo as can all be seen here in this gorgeous antique brooch dating from the 1850’s.
Set into a gorgeous gold filled frame that is hand engraved on the edges and has the most wonderful scroll design, the brooch itself measures 50.2mm across by 56mm with the image itself measuring 29.6mm across by 36.5mm and on any outfit, this brooch will always have such a regal look and style to it.
The technique was first used in daguerrotype photos which were filmed on a sheet on highly polished silver and then painted, and this technique was then evolved over the following few decades.
Used here in this brooch, the technique was hand paining onto a black and white photograph on a cardboard background and the talent by the artist was nothing short of incredible especially when you look into the face of this handsome gentleman. These early techniques of over-painting a photograph can really be thought of as antique Photoshop!
This is such an incredible and exquisite antique brooch that is so unique and special for so many reasons.