ITEM: Victorian, Mourning Era Cameo Earrings dated 1877.
COMPOSITION: Gold filled.
GEM: Carved agate measuring 9 X 7.5 mm each.
CONDITION: Estate Item, excellent.
WEIGHT: 6.5 Grams
MEASUREMENT: 1-1/2" X 3/4".
MARKS: Pat June 1877.
COMMENTS: These Victorian era earrings are from the mourning era. This period coincided with the death of Queen Victoria’s husband, Albert, when she went into a period of mourning for him. Many jewelry pieces from the this Mid Victorian period had a more subdued, austere, and somber design. These earrings have a very Eastlake style which coincides perfectly with the patent date. The carved agate cameo are accented by Taille d' epergne Enamel. This type of enamel was popular with jewelry fanciers and is highly sought after today. This enameling was created when black enamel was used to fill patterns incised against a background of gold. Often these pieces would be worn as mourning jewelry such as these earrings. They are pierced style with a shepard hook finding made of sterling silver.
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