Substantial brooch centering a concave piece of Phoenician glass exhumed from the Old City of Jerusalem, glass is translucent and smoked burgundy in color with a very textured finish
Bezel set in an ornate matte gold frame comprised of highly rendered palm trees and stylized Egyptian Revival lotus whiplash
Depicts a scene of two imposing gold, brick textured, Egyptian pyramids, and a line of four highly rendered camels following a lone rider wandering over a stippled gold desert
Completed by a very substantial pin stem and closure
Tested as 14 karat gold
Handmade by Gustav Manz as a commission by F. Walter Lawrence circa 1901
Acclaimed "Desert Brooch" displayed at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition circa 1904
Featured in Town & Country circa 1904 regarding the Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Measures: 3 x 2 1/2 inches
Total weight: 62.2 grams
Incredible. Historic. Masterpiece.
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F. Walter Lawrence & Gustav Manz Phoenician Glass 14 Karat Gold Egyptian Revival Desert Brooch Circa 1901