This wonderful set is quite rare. The 'Levriere' or in English 'Greyhounds' were considered dogs of aristocrats. All 3 pieces are hallmarked with Sicilian hallmarks. The earrings are just wonderful, true day/night earrings. The pendant was purchased with the earrings and because the design, enamel work and hallmarks are the same I am keeping them together. So often sets were broken up and it is difficult to find demi parures.
The earrings measure an impressive 3" long. The French large hinged wires are very easy to put on. When the bottom dangles are removed the top portion of the earring dangles 1" x 5/8" across. The pendant dangles 2 3/4" x 1" across from the top O ring.
One earring weighs 2.82 and the other 2.90. The pendant weighs 5.90 grams for a total of 11.62 grams. The gold is testing 13-14K per electronic and acid.
The condition of the earrings are wonderful. There are no dings or dents. The wires close beautifully. There are flowers that were enamelled below the Whippet dogs. One earring has no enamel in that area and the other has loss. I do not think this affects the integrity of these.
The pendant is a great size. The flora enamel work is very good. There are 5 wonderful dangles at the bottom. The very center dangle was replaced to a circa appropriate dangle at some point. It is slightly different and does have a tiny dent in the very center. When worn this will not stand out. Please remember these photos are enlarged by 10x so in hand it is much more difficult to notice.
These are early Victorian and circa 1840-1850.
Italian in origin with hallmarks from Sicily.
What a wonderful find, especially for those woman who love dogs. Unique and unusual... My favorite
Questions are always welcome and encouraged.
In the book I am showing (AUREO OTTOCENTO, La Collezione Di Gioielli Dei Musei Provinciali Di Gorizia) Translated 'The Jewelry Collection Of The Provincial Museums Of Gorizia nearly identical earrings on page 92. The description reads: translated from Italian Orecchini con pendente Oro (12 K). lung. pendente mm 41 1840-1850 . Al centro del pendente e applicato un cane seduto. (Earrings with Gold pendant (12 K). lung. pendant mm 41 1840-1850. At the center of the pendant is a seated dog)
Please note, I can easily move the center dangle from the middle to the far left or right upon request..
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