This rare and unusual pair of earrings goes back to the period around the French Revolution. They were popular not only in France, but Germany and Italy as well. Their form, called poissarde, was so called because they were worn by fishwives selling their wares in Paris circa 1795. (see reference in Collings/Dawes, GEORGIAN JEWELLRY, page 32). The design may have originated on the Iberian Peninsula--Spain and Portugal.
The earrings have an elongated geometrical design. The ear wires have a typical s-shaped fish hook style crossover and are threaded through the ear, back to front. The earrings are fitted with paste stones set in 9K gold (tested and guaranteed). We rarely come across earrings from this period and find it difficult to part with them because they are so hard to find.
From the top of the wire to the bottom dangle pastes, the earrings measure 2 inches in length and are 1/4 inch wide. They weigh 6.56 grams. As a collector of antique jewelry, you would be pleased to add them to your own collection.
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