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JEWEL CHAT
Costume Jewelry Magazine

 

 


Victorian Jet & Vulcanite Jewelry
in Photos

 


  During part of the the Victorian period from about 1860 to 1880, mourning jewelry was the height of fashion and black was a stylish color. Made of jet, vulcanite, bog oak and pressed horn, each carried special meaning as a memento of a loved one. A brooch in the shape of a hand carrying a bouquet conveyed a message symbolized by the flowers. Photos might be housed inside lockets and watch fobs, and portraits hand painted on pendants and earrings. While some black jewelry was meant to be worn during mourning, black jewelry was fashionable as well, and worn for its beauty and sentiment.

 

 

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a cross on a black ribbon, black earrings and a vulcanite bracelet with a cameo. She leans on a prayer chair. Carte de viste marked "Negretti & Zambra, Crystal Palace, Sydenham" along with information on ordering portrait enlargements. 

    VICTORIAN lady wearing a portrait pendant set in jet on a black neck ribbon and a bog oak oval brooch at her neckline. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/4", marked "R.P. Skeolan, Harrogate" on the front and "miniature painter" on the back.  View

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite hand brooch on her lacy necklace and faceted jet bracelet on her arm. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/8", marked W.J. Wellsted & Son, 19 & 20 Paragon St, Hull on both front and back, and "Photographers of the Prince & Princess of Wales" along with "Copies can be had at any time or an enlargement finished in oil or watercolors" on the back. Back also has a birds and bamboo design. Backing is a light mustard yellow color.  View

 

       VICTORIAN  vulcanite cross pendant, 3-1/8".    View   #V25356

      VICTORIAN jet pendant with painted lady portrait, 2".   View   #V25926

   VICTORIAN vulcanite hand holding sheaf and flowers pin, 2-7/8". For a similar brooch see page 26 in Helen Muller's "Jet Jewellery and Ornaments" and Romero's "Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3" page 51.  View   View   #V25278

 

VICTORIAN lady wearing strands of jet beads. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4", marked on the front "Chancellor, Dublin" and on the back, "Patronized by TRH The Prince & Princess of Wales; HRH Prince Arthur; HRH The Duke of Cambridge; HSH Prince Teck" and more famous people, as well as the address, :55 Lower Sackville Street, Dublin" and instructions for obtaining other images.  View

   VICTORIAN lady wearing jet portrait locket on a black velvet ribbon and matching earrings. Carte de viste size 4-1/8" by 2-1/2", marked "Inskip Photo, The Cliff, Scarboro" with a Masonic emblem on the back.  View

   VICTORIAN lady wearing elaborate jet necklace and brooch. Carte de viste marked "March 1874" in pencil and "F. G. Earl, Photographic Artist, Worcester & Malvern".   View

 

     

  

VICTORIAN vulcanite 2" locket on 4-1/2" of chain.    View   View  #V25357

    VICTORIAN vulcanite boy portrait pendant, 1-1/2".   View   #V27673

   VICTORIAN vulcanite locket in ornate shield motif, 3-1/4".  View   #V25285

 

      VICTORIAN lady wearing parure of a jet necklace, bracelet and earrings. Carte de viste marked "Silas Eastham, Photographer, 217 Lord Street, Southport".   View   View

VICTORIAN lady wearing jet mourning beads with her fancy hat laying on the table top before her. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4", marked on the back, "J. Raine, Portrait & Landscape Photographer, Richmond, Yorkshire" with a roses and trellis design.

   VICTORIAN lady wearing elaborate vulcanite or jet necklace and earrings set. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/8" marked on the front S. Eastham, Photo" and on the back "Silas Eastham, Photographer, 217 Lord St, Southport & 7 Market Street, Manchester".   View

 


  JET is black fossilized wood, and is associated with the English town of Whitby where much of it was fashioned into jewelry and accessories, especially in the 1800's.

VULCANITE was an early plastic made by combining and heating India rubber and sulphur.

HORN is the natural horn of an animal, pressed into a mold to form jewelry.

BOG OAK is fossilized peat

FRENCH JET is black glass, and not truly jet at all.
 

 

  VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite neck chain. Carte de viste marked J.M.D. Worsner, Artist, 154 Leeds Road, Bradford".   View

VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite neck chain and locket and gold earrings. Carte de viste marked "N. S. Stone, Potsdam, NY" and hand written "Compliments of Emma De ___, Nyack-in-the___".   View

  VICTORIAN lady wearing faceted jet beads. Carte de viste marked on the front, "John Fergus, Largs" and on the back, "John Fergus, Photo Artist, Largs".

 

   VICTORIAN lady wearing an elaborate cameo mourning piece. Carte de viste marked on back, "From The One Dollar Picture Gallery, Photographs like this $1.00 per dozen, 112 Merrimac Street, Lowell, Mass.", 2-1/2" by 4-1/8".   View

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a mourning suite.

   VICTORIAN lady wearing jet faceted beads and cameo pendant with ornate dangling earrings. A net bow with buckle ornaments her hair. Carte de Viste size 2-1/2" by 3-7/8".  View

 

     

 

    VICTORIAN vulcanite pendant on original chain, fastened with ribbon, 34" total. 4" pendant and chain.   View   #V27204    

      VICTORIAN vulcanite cameo with twisted surround, 2".  View   #V27208

  VICTORIAN vulcanite fuchsia oval 1-7/8" locket on 28" chain, one link missing.   View   View   #V27201

 

   VICTORIAN lady wearing cut steel pieces as a collar clasp and buttons.  Cabinet card size 4-1/4" by 6-1/2", marked on the back, "from the Studio of Chas. H. Lindsey, Photographer, Murgatroyd's Blcok, Nashua, NH" and hand written in ink, "James Minn Mch 17-1886, Mochurn Church Yard, Eli_g Cottage, Eli_g Village".

   BLACK jet earrings and a black vulcanite brooch pinned on black lace collar. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/4", marked on the back, "David Baily, Photographer, Tamaqua, PA. Duplicates will be made at any time within three years by sending name and number. No. 11441".

  BLACK seed beads brooch on a white lace collar.

 

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite cameo pendant and golden earrings. Cabinet card handwritten on the back in pencil, "Lizzie Richardson".

    VICTORIAN jet grapes pin and a black velvet ribbon as a choker. Carte de viste marked "J. H. New, Remsen St., Opposite Parson's Mill, Cohoes, NY".

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a teardrop-shaped necklace and a carved ivory name brooch. Carte de viste marked "Photographie Parisenne, Letalle & Co., (from Paris), 36 Cannon St., Birmingham".

 

   ORNATE earrings and a black ribbon worn as a necklace with a slide.

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a ribbon choker, black jet long chain and earrings with a lovely vase on the table next to her. Carte de viste hand written in pencil on the back, "T. Ham---, 72 Russel St., Hanley".

  VICTORIAN lady wearing jet three-strand bead necklace and a watch chain and holding a fern stem. She sits in a bark chair. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/4", stamped on the back "J. Raine, Photographer, Richmond"..

 

        

   VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite hair comb and a vulcanite cameo pendant and chain with a Scottish pebble brooch. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/8", marked on the front, "A. Anderson, Elgin" and on the back, "AlexR. Anderson, Photographer, Elgin" and copy information, "This portrait can be produced by the above process from Carte size to the smallest locket; being  fixed by fire they are imperishable."

      VICTORIAN vulcanite hair comb, circa 1870, 4-3/4" by 3-1/4". (See Romero's "Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3" page 52.   View   #V27838

   VICTORIAN lady wearing elaborate vulcanite necklace and hair comb. Carte de viste marked on front and back "John Fergus, Largs".  View

 

  VICTORIAN lady wearing a jet bead chocker and holding her diary. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4", marked on the front "W. J. Chivers, 10 Station Rd, Sutton" and on the back, a hand written note in ink "Lizzie Gardner, Dec. 28th, 1886" as well as a printed ad for the photographer.

VICTORIAN lady wearing vulcanite and jet necklace and earrings and holding her feathered hat.  Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4-1/8", marked on the back, "Artist Photographer, Miniature & Portrait Painter, E. Gregson, Waterhouse St., Halifax, & Talbot Road, Blackpool" along with instructions for obtaining copies.   View

   VULCANITE Prince Albert's chain bodice ornament and brooch. Carte de viste marked "Auguste Moy, Artists & Photographers, York".

 

  VICTORIAN Whitby jet necklace with 3 drops, 18-1/2" with 2-1/4" front drop .View   #V27233

   VICTORIAN vulcanite oval smooth 1-5/8" locket on 19" chain.   View   #V27239

  VICTORIAN vulcanite watch chain, 13" with 4" decorative drop.   #V27236

 

    LADY wearing an onyx and seed pearl mourning earrings and brooch set and a cross pendant. Carte de viste size 2-1/2" by 4",  marked on the back, "T. A. Simons Art Studio, Chillicothe, Ohio".  View

   VULCANITE brooch with pendant long chain. Carte de viste marked on back, "Copied by the Pimilco Photo Copying Company, I. Blegrave Terrace, Dulwich. Cartes de Visite copied 2/6 doz."

    VICTORIAN lady wearing a jet cameo brooch, earrings and pendant. Carte de viste marked "L. Abell, Kendal Lane, Leeds".

 


  There are several materials used to make mourning jewelry, and they can be very difficult to distinguish between: jet, bog oak, pressed horn and vulcanite. Jet was hand carved, while the other materials were pressed or molded.

For information on identifying these and other materials, see the booklet "What's It Made Of ?" by Sherry Shatz. 
 

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing jet hair comb, earrings and beads. Marked on the back, "Latchmore Photographer, Hitchin & Royston", 2-1/2" by 4".   View    View  #Vkph8

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a gold with black enameling hair brooch with jet beads and earrings, 2-1/2" by 4". Marked on back, "Vandy Red Brown Artistes in Photography, Miniature & Portrait Painters, Etc., Liverpool".   View   #Vkph5

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing jet bracelets and earrings and fancy cap, 2-1/2" by 4". The name "Nessie" is penciled on the back. "Patronized by Her Majesty the Queen, Henry Knight, St. Leonards on Sea".  View   #Vkph36

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing delicate earrings, a bull's eye brooch, bog oak beads, a long chain and a ring.  Marked on the front, "G.&R. Lavis, 135 Regent Street W.", 2-1/2" by 4".  View   #Vkph40

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing three long strands of jet beads, 2-1/2" by 4". "Artist & Photographer T. Brooks, 24 Coney Street, York".  View   View   #Vkph23

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a French jet star in her hair and a three-strand faceted jet beads necklace with a black ribbon around her neck from which suspends a vulcanite pendant, black earrings.  "Sarony & Co., Sarony Square, Scarborough", 2-1/2" by 4".   View   View   #Vkph38

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a jet brooch and earrings and a vulcanite locket on chain, 2-1/2" by 4". "E. Le Jeune Photographe, Naples".  View   View   #Vkph22

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a bog oak brooch, a double strand of jet beads from which a cross is suspended and earrings, 2-1/2" by 4". "W. Turner, 40 Albion Street, Leeds".  View   View   #Vkph18

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a vulcanite locket on a black ribbon, 2-1/2" by 4". "Henry Knight, Artist & photographer, Regina House, Grand Parade, St. Leonards on Sea".  View   View   #Vkph19

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a locket on a long black ribbon and a hand painted Gypsy Boy set in jet brooch, 2-1/2" by 4". Dated on the back 10/87, "W. McLiesh Photographer, 71 Northgate, Darlington".   View   View   #Vkph25

 VICTORIAN painted porcelain set in jet boy portrait brooch, 2-1/8". For a similar piece see page 32 in Helen Muller's "Jet Jewellery and Ornaments"  View   #V25351

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a dramatic feather hat. three strands of jet beads and a black agate with cross brooch, 2-1/2" by 4".  View   View   View   #Vkph26

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing faceted jet beads necklace and earrings. "A.&G. Taylor Photographers to the Queen".   View   #Vkph46

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a locket on a black ribbon, two strands of faceted jet beads, a sea shell brooch, ring and earrings, 2-1/2" by 4". "Vincent Hatch Artist, Photographer, Miniature Painter, 25 Buxton Road, Huddersfield".    View   View   #Vkph27

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a three-strand necklace of carved jet beads and a jet brooch, 2-1/2' by 4". "Brown, Barnes, Bell".   View   View   #Vkph29

 

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a fancy hat, carved jet brooch and finger ring, 2-1/2" by 4". "Alexander Watt, Dundee".   View   #Vkph33

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a jet knot brooch, long chain and finger rings. "photographed by Wlater Tully, Glastonbury", 2-1/2" by 4".   View   View   #Vkph44

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a butterfly brooch and jet necklace and bracelets which carry out the theme of her beaded bodice. "F.A. Wilkinson's Photographic Fine Art Studios, Birmingham", 2-1/2" by 4".  View    View     #Vkph42

 

BLACK cross pendant worn as a brooch and hair comb.

   BLACK vulcanite chain necklace.

 VICTORIAN lady wearing a vulcanite cameo brooch and earrings. Carte de Viste marked "Lonsdale Abell, Kendall Lane, St. John's Hill, Leeds". 

 

VICTORIAN lady wearing her vulcanite neck chain and a dress ornamented with fancy buttons. Marked on the back "Calvert Bros., Portrait and Landscape Photographers, 4 Bury Road, Strangeways, Manchester".  View   View   View

   VICTORIAN lady wearing simple jet pin and earrings. Carte de viste marked on the back "Geo. P. Hopkins, Sickles Block, NPA, Albion, NY".

 VICTORIAN lady wearing a jet crucifix on black beads and holding a letter. Marked on the back "Photographed by A. T. Osbourne, The Portrait Studio, 312 High Street, Lincoln", this carte de viste is 2-1/2" by 4-1/8".   View

 

VICTORIAN cabinet card of a lady wearing faceted jet beads, and beaded bodice and a heart padlock charm bracelet, marked on the front, "Bennett Clark, 74 Darlington St,. Wolverhampton", 4-1/4" by 6-1/2".  View   View

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a vulcanite chain and cross pendant with fancy earrings, marked in pen on the back "for you", 2-1/2" by 4-1/8".    View  

  VICTORIAN lady wearing dangling golden earrings, and locket on a book chain and a jet bracelet. Marked "H. Bown, Photographer".

 

For more information about JET and other Victorian black jewelry we recommend the excellent book 'Jet' by Helen Muller and "Whitby Jet" by Katy & Helen Muller.
 

"Jet" by Helen Muller

Helen Muller


 

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