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This spectacular pendant is in the shape of a horseshoe and is comprised of graduated pastes set in silver. It is truly an unusual piece because of its size, the craftsmanship, and the brightness and sparkle of the old pastes. Each stone is individually prong set into its own separate closed back setting. Originally a brooch/scrarf pin from the Victorian Period, we have removed the metal fittings and added a bail in sterling silver to convert it to a pendant.
A classic motif, the horseshoe was incorporated into jewelry during both the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods. As the trend of giving sporting jewels rose in popularity during the last quarter of the 19th century, so did the associated motifs: horseshoes, buckles, sails, polo mallets, etc.
There are divergent points of view on how best to display the horseshoe: points down (above a doorway) to shower luck on all those that walk by, or points up to ensure the luck doesn't run out. We sit firmly in the latter camp and we are calling this dazzling piece - Lady Luck.
DIMENSIONS & DETAILS: The horseshoe is comprised of paste stones set in silver and is 1.5 inches long and by 1.3 inches wide, at widest point.
ORIGIN: Most likely England or France.
PERIOD & HALLMARKS: 19th c. No Hallmarks.
CONDITION: The pastes are bright, white (with no yellowing or clouding) and the piece is in good to very good antique condition. There is some general wear as would be expected: some minor scratches and nibbles to the paste (visible only under magnification).
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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: White / Silver, Size: 1 1/2"
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Large Paste Horseshoe Pendant "Lady Luck"
$425 USD SOLD
Los Altos, CA
Antique and Modern Jewels
We offer unique antique, estate, and vintage jewelry, specializing in English and French antique jewels.