There is a story to the purple frock and bonnet this lass wears. Before 1856, all fabrics were dyed with natural colors. Then when William Perkins invented coal tar dyes, purple "mauveine" dye was his first product. Purple then popped up everywhere! So you can be sure this young lady wore a brand new outfit from one of those fresh bolts for her portrait.
Continuing the tradition, garb yourself in purple and sport this bit of history. You will have a story ready to tell. Brooch measures 1 7/8" tall. Brass backing. Pin back is a more modern replacement. Very good condition.
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