The Grand Tour was an essential part of most any wealthy young man or woman's education from the late 18th to the later 19th century. Micro Mosaic jewelry(early ones were all Italian) were a favorite memento to take home from the Grand Tour. The early work (such as this early brooch shows so impeccably) is exemplified by the intricacy of mosaic work in tiny, tiny glass "tesserae" pieces to make a complex scene. The Tesserae are smooth to the touch and perfect condition with not one missing in this exquisite example of the highest of the mosaic art. The quality of this mosaic is only seen in the master craftsman of the period.
As is usual with early jewelry the gold is unmarked but tests to a minimum of 14K yellow gold. Te finely crafted and detailed gold mount is in fine condition as pictured with one small indent in the back of the mount where the name "Mary F. Porter" is inscribed in script. A pendent stick pin offers extra security or an option of wearing as a scarf or neck lace ornament. The brooch clasp is early and original. The black onyx which encases the micro mosaic scene have the characteristic age cracks from expansion that is seen in this type of jewelry. (See Photos) The onyx is softly polished and in no way detracts from the beauty of the scenic ruin. The miro mosaic brooch measures 2 inches by 1.75 inches and features the early clasp pin that extends far out from the brooch (a characteristic of an early pin brooch).
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