Very unusual in style, this Maltese shaped brooch is designed in gold tone meal and early plastic. The brooch is 2 and 3/4 in long and 2 and 3/4 in wide.
The central feature is a rectangle, 3/4 in long and 11/16 in wide, rendered in green early plastic. It is bezel set, with a ridged edging. It is set atop a scalloped circle, open work, frame. The intaglio portrait portrayed on it is a left profile of a man, who appears to be a Renaissance style soldier, with a helmet and a beard. Emanating from the top most and bottom most scallops are four "spikes", each of which is tipped with a bezel set, small, green, round cabochon.
The other four "arms" of the Maltese shape have plastic rounds, two in hues of bronze and two in black, which are 1/2 in wide and 10/16 in long. These too are set atop open frame works and are bezel set with the ridged edging. Each of the frames comes to a point which is adorned with Etruscan style beading. The intaglios on each each of these rounds reflect the left profile of a lady with an ornate hairdo, capped with a wide bandeau. Indeed, the whole feel of the piece seems to be a Renaissance perspective on antiquity.
On the back of the pin one can see that all four of the intaglios are opaque, when the light passes through them. The back also reveals the moulding of the gold tone metal, as it pertains to the shapes of the frame works supporting the intaglios. The reverse also has a straight horizontal pin for closure, situated two thirds of the way up to the top. The pin ends in a roll over safety clasp.
The brooch is in excellent vintage condition, circa 1970's. It is very substantial in weight and is beautifully executed. This is the perfect accessory for the V necked dress!
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Vintage Intaglio Cameo Brooch