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This old style C Clasp shows the pin extending quite a way beyond the brooch and held by a C piece of metal.
The extra length of pin helped to secure the brooch to heavy Victorian fabrics.
Certain markings were only used in specific time periods.
However, if there are no markings on a piece, then we must turn to other methods of dating.
It is possible to find more contemporary pieces still using unlocking C clasps or trombone clasps but generally, they were used on earlier styles.
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The style of clasps will often give us a relatively good idea of how old a piece is.
There are several types of clasps that were used on brooches from very early days right up to contemporary pieces.