A really unusual Victorian 14kt gold pendant, with a very decorative, almost heraldic motif, and with contrasting three-dimensional gold "piping" on the upper section. The lower, articulated section displays hand-applied gold wire and gold bead work, and a slightly-raised, shield-shaped element that has a hint of rose gold, in contrast to the primary yellow of the pendant. At top, the bead and wire work continues on the slightly Eastern-looking shape, which is embellished with three gold "pipes" that also display the rose gold color. Altogether, a fascinating example of fine Victorian goldsmithing, and an amazing design that is as wearable today as when it was crafted in the 19th century. The elegant 14kt gold chain is a later addition.
PROVENANCE: From the estate of Gray Davis Boone, renowned antiques expert, collector, and founder of the influential "Antique Monthly."
Total weight of this beautiful pendant/brooch and chain is 6.4 grams, consisting of the 14kt gold pendant at 4.9 grams and the 14kt gold chain at 1.5 grams. The pendant is unmarked, but acid-tested at 14kt gold; the chain is both acid-tested and also stamped "14K". The chain measures 17-1/2", while the pendant measures 1-1/2" long by 1-3/8" wide. The pendant can be either worn as a pendant, or as a brooch, which fastens with a pinstem and tube clasp. It is in excellent vintage condition, with a warm, aged patina.
This unique pendant and chain will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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