A rare find from the Georgian era (c. 1820), these natural coral earrings are survivors! Original from top to bottom, they are incredibly beautiful, and oh so delicate. The coral is well matched and is a deep salmon/orange color, but not quite tomato red. Setting is pinchbeck.
The earrings are constructed with screw back closures attached to plates onto which coral beads are woven into a flower pattern using fine copper wire. Looped seed bead tassels are hooked to the flower, and hang from a cap that boasts the most delicate of cannetille work. The caps still gleam like 18k gold, as the pinchbeck finish is practically perfect on them.
These have a substantial drop of 2 1/2". Flower button top is 1/2" in diameter. Tassel (including cap) is about 1 3/4" long. I initially thought these were "day and night" earrings, but they are not because the tassel can not be removed.
The backs show some corrosion, but the wire used to affix the coral is in good shape, showing no breaks or obvious weaknesses. Overall, the coral is in excellent shape, but some beads are damaged.
Photo shows broken tassel loops--Two loops have been broken on one earring (leaving 4 open strands); 1 loop has been broken on the other one (leaving 2 open strands). However, the beads at the ends of those strands have not budged since we acquired these pieces. They have stay firmly in place during our inspection of the earrings, and during a gentle initial cleaning to remove years of dust.
Stunning examples of Georgian workmanship, these intricate earrings are ready to be proudly worn for that special occasion when only a one-of-a-kind accessory will do!
Antique Georgian Natural Coral Pinchbeck Tassel Earrings