Presented here is a very rare Victorian Greek Revival Mourning cuff. It is made of Vulcanite which was a popular material during the Victorian era. Mourning jewelry has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era. Mourning jewelry of the late Victorian era (1860s – 1880s) became immensley popular after the loss and grief of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert where she went into Mourning for 2 decades and made it fashionable.
Often called ‘ebonite’, vulcanite was the mass-produced rival to actual jet. It had the ability to be moulded, however the original mold was carved by the artist and then the Vulcanite was poured into the mold. Made from the sap of Malaysian Ficus and Euphorbia rubber trees. This cuff is rare to begin with because of the front facing cameo and making it even more so is the Greek Revival border around the cameo itself. I have never come across one like it. It is also a bit larger than others I have seen making it great for a medium /to medium to large wrist. There is a tiny tiny nibble to the frame of Cameo can only been seen from side view. Bracelet is otherwise in excellent condition and after about 150 years can still be worn. Bracelet is from England and Circa 1860s-80s.