On offer is this magnificent, huge, Victorian cameo brooch, circa 1860.
During this period, jewellery became much larger to suit the voluminous clothes of the period; smaller pieces would have appeared inconsequential.
This is one of those marvellous examples where the original frame perfectly moulds itself to the natural shape of the cameo, with the inner frame having raised sides and lower top and bottom.
The frame itself is a lovely yellow pinchbeck or gilt metal with engraved patterning around the lower outer border.
The shell cameo mounted within depicts Hebe, the goddess of youth and daughter of Zeus and Hera. She was the divine cupbearer, pouring nectar and ambrosia for the Gods. Also, as seen here, she was charged with feeding and watering the eagle of Zeus. The lovely carving depicts Hebe with a libation bowl in her hands, which the eagle is eating from.
Original tube hinge, pin and 'c' clasp to fasten.
Measurements: 2.5" by 2.1" with a central depth of 0.5".
In good antique condition; cameo moves very slightly within setting when tilted (just noted for accuracy).
Please see photos for further detail of the piece on offer and its condition.
Box shown is for display only and is not included in the sale (will be sent safely in a modern leatherette box).