A little slice of Italy lives on in this scenic shell cameo.
This cameo is carved from carnelian shell and captures a picture perfect view of the Bay of Naples from the famous Posillipo Hill overlook in Napoli. Set in a rolled gold frame fitted with both brooch pin and pendant bail, this cameo measures 1-3/16" tall (29.8mm) not including bail by 15/16" wide (23mm).
The cameo is set with four prongs on both front and back into a bezel with a twisted wire surround. There is a brooch pin with c-clasp closure and a simple drop down bail. The cameo weighs 3.9 grams.
This scene captures a tall stone pine in the forefront looking out from atop Posillipo Hill. Mt. Vesuvius can be seen in the distance across the Bay while a sailboat skims the Bay waters. The historic Castel Novo can be seen at the water's edge.
We estimate the age of this cameo to be approximately 1900, a time when world travel to exotic places like Italy was limited to the wealthy and aristocratic set. A visit to Southern Italy to see Naples, the towering Mt. Vesuvius and the excavations at Pompeii would have been the thrill and experience of a lifetime. This cameo would have been a wonderful souvenir purchased as a memento of an historic tour or as a gift to share the experience with a loved one.
This cameo is in excellent condition, with the shell supple and free of chips or cracks. The frame is in very good condition with some overall darkening as to be expected from rolled (layered) gold, the predecessor to gold fill jewelry. Actual hue is a fairly uniform antiqued gold. The brooch hinge, pin and clasp are in excellent working order as is the drop down pendant bail.
This cameo would make an excellent gift to any cameo collector or traveling friend. The view is priceless and this cameo makes it easy to remember.
It will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy cameo care instructions.
Million Dollar View
Bay of Naples Mt Vesuvius Shell Cameo Brooch Pendant
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