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Onward toward Victory with the Roman goddess Victoria leading the way. Personified as the Roman goddess of victory, she was a major part of Roman society with a temple being located on Palatine Hill. Her blessings were highly revered by triumphant generals return from war and awaiting their just rewards. While the Greek Nike was known for success in athletic games, Victoria was a symbol of victory over death and aptly the determining voice over who would be successful during war.
This cameo is carved from sardonyx shell and is a right facing carving that includes Victoria's symbolic winged hair along with spear at her shoulder. The carver gave her strong facial features with a graceful updo and she wars a simple draped stola. The cameo is bezel set in 9ct yellow gold (stamped) frame with a simple Roman surround with twisted wire rope accent. The bezel itself measures 35.7x28.6mm and the entire frame measures 1-9/16" tall by 1-5/16" wide (40x33.1mm). The setting is fitted with t-hinge, brooch pin and c-clasp, along with a safety chain at top. A pendant bail could easily be attached here. The frame is hallmarked "9ct". The cameo weighs 7.5 grams.
We estimate age of this cameo at around 1890. The cameo shell is supple and without age/use related smoothing. There are no chips or cracks to the carving itself or at the shell edges. When candled to the light under magnification, we see two minute internal lines, one at lower left corner, one between the hair and frame. These are not cracks to the shell. The frame is smooth and without ridges, dents or tears. The brooch pin/hinge/clasp are original to the frame as is the attached safety chain. The C-clasp does appear to have been soft soldered at some point, but quite professionally, and very secure.
We love this cameo as it offers a unique glimpse at Victoria, from a moment over 120 years ago. She is as beautiful today as she was long ago and sure to please the most discriminating cameo lover in your life.
She will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage. Who can resist Victoria's powers over victory, excellence and success?
Victorian 9ct Gold Roman Goddess Victoria Shell Cameo Brooch 7.5 grams
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