This antique photo frame brooch from France is of an unknown copper-colored metal. I believe the insert is glass, but I've not removed it. The floral scrollwork border is reminiscent of the Art Nouveau era.
The piece measures 1" and has a C clasp closure with a slight bowing to the actual pin, which is intentional to create a slight pressure to hold the pin in place. C clasps were most popularly in use between 1850-1910, and I am dating this brooch as being circa 1910 or a bit earlier. The slight extension of the pin past the frame also points to this early manufacture as well. If the pin were to extend even further past the frame's edge, the piece would probably be even earlier.
*Care should be taken when lifting the prongs on the back to remove the glass and place a photo or other remembrance.
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