As I write this, I'm about to pack to spend time in one of my favorite cities on earth: Rome, Italy. There's nothing like waking up and opening your hotel shades to the view of the Pantheon (which we will do soon, and which was my first ever morning view of Rome). Imagine what it must have been like when that building was built, almost 2000 years ago. It holds title as the Roman ruin in use the longest of any, and remains in use today. Raphael's tomb is within. Think of the life that has gone on in and around that magical building, and the other ruins of the old center of Rome, the Forum. Chariots, the Coliseum filled with events of grand magnitude and also great debauchery. The Roman baths, the Temples to the Gods - all of it is a wonderland of history playing itself out in this city that dates back to 753 BC! All of it under your feet as you walk the cobblestones. No city rivals it for sheer historical value, I think. And so then imagine you are on your first Grand Tour among other Victorian era travelers, and your horse-drawn carriage takes you along these streets. The smells, the vendors, the ruins and the seat of the Roman Catholic Church enveloped within city walls of old. The Vatican! The Vatican's workshops produced fabulous micromosaic arts for those tourists - goods in that era that remain today some of our favorites to acquire, collect, pass along to our customers. This is one such treasure of those early Grand Tours, c. 1860, and is a fitting treasure to remind you of the first time YOU saw the Doves of Pliny in mosaics, as well. This is a large Victorian brooch, 1 3/4" across, set in fine Victorian 9k yellow gold (acid tested). A lovely gift idea, as well, for anyone who loves Rome!
Very good to excellent condition throughout, without a chip or crack to diminish value of that extra large micromosaic plaque (very tiny nip or two along the beveled ridge, pointed it out in our images). The old c-clamp has at some point had a repair, which you can see in our images, as well. Very strong, no flex, it's probably been just like you see it here for over 100 years, as the repair is definitely old. I would have guessed a higher gold karat, but there's a lot of it on this old beauty. Tests 9k and is yellow in color. Will be happy to gift box it to make giving easier for you. Just mention it.