These magnificent Vintage Egyptian Revival Collar Tips feature a highly detailed Winged Scarab Beetle made with– sterling silver. The Beetle is 3-dimensional with 3-layers. The beetle is pushing his "food ball" which is represented by a round Lazurite Semi-Precious stone, which is set in a scalloped bezel. Measurements: 1 3/4” Tall x 1 3/8” Wide.
They come with the Original steel stud backs to hold them in place.
Signature / Marks: “STERLING” on both Collar Tips.
Age: 1930’s – 1940’s.
These Collar Tips have an Egyptian Origin that the Austro-Hungarian designer "borrowed" to make their piece view as an authentic Ancient Egyptian item (you see this was a common practice that Artists/Silversmiths did in the day whenever an archaeological dig surfaced. Everyone wanted a part of the "dig" before they were scooped up by museums and the likes.
These Collar Tips demonstrate the lure of the exotic that permeated Jewelry design. In 1867 the Suez Canal was opened and the Egyptian Revival was well and truly launched. Egyptians worshiped the Scarab Beetle as a symbol of the sun-god. This was the kind of beetle that rolled its food into the shape of a ball and pushed it along the ground. In this action the Egyptians saw a parallel to the sun, pushed across the sky in a similar way. The fascination with nature made these symbolic bugs a perfect choice for self adornment.
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RARE Vintage Egyptian Revival Collar Tips Set Sterling Scarab Beetle Lazurite Food Ball Marked