Looking for a large cameo in pristine condition that won't break the bank? Look no further.
This Mid Century shell cameo brooch pendant measures 2-1/8" by 1-11/16" wide, and 2-1/2" tall including its oversized pendant bail. Carved from carnelian shell, this is a signed carving set in a mid-1960's gold plated Victorian reproduction frame. Hefty at 25.7 grams, this cameo looks great worn as a brooch or pendant.
The carving captures a lovely young woman with a serene expression. Her hair is upswept in soft curls and a large fragrant corsage decorates the billowing neckline of her gown. The cameo is securely set in a bezel measuring 47x36mm (1-7/8" by 1-7/16". A thick twisted rope surround completes the frame's elegant design.
The frame is fitted with both a brooch pin and fold down bail. Note that the brooch pin locks into an antique style trombone clasp, most definitely a throw back to the past of a well designed and secure clasp design. The wide bail can accommodate just about any size modern chain. WIth a passage clearance of about 5.5mm.
The cameo carving is signed on the back but the frame itself does not exhibit a makers mark. This cameo was surely carved in Italy and the frame was most likely crafted here in the USA, perhaps in the Providence, Rhode Island area. It certainly is precision made with the cameo set beautifully. A cameo like this would have likely sold in a fine department store in the 1960's.
The cameo is in excellent condition as is its frame. There are no chips, cracks or age/use related smoothing to the carving itself. When candled to the light under magnification, there is not one internal line visible within the shell, just the intriguing shadow of a beautiful woman. The frame exhibits no damage or use related wear whatsoever, with no spotting or wear to the finish. It looks like an expensive solid 18K gold frame. The brooch pin and trombone clasp are in excellent working order as is the pendant bail.
This cameo is just one of a large collection that we are down sizing. It is being offered for a great price along with Fast & Free shipping too. Questions? We are happy to help.
It will be delivered with a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
Signed Mid Century Beauty Shell Cameo Brooch Pendant 25.7 grams