I can't believe how fortunate I was to find this unusual and highly prized piece. I think it was just a case of being at the right place at the right time. I visited a well respected antique jewelry store, in one of the finest antique shops in London, and she put a few things on a tray for me. She didn't say anything, and actually, I did not look at it at first. When I took it in my hand and used the loupe, I was amazed. "It's eyes,"I said, and she agreed. I have been buying from this dealer, a gemologist, for years, and she immediately told me that her jeweler, who is one of the finest antique jewelry repairers in London, took it all out and deemed it all to be correct. I have never before seen a grouping of four eyes before. These are watercolor, painted on card, covered by "bubble" glass. The piece is crafted of 18 caret gold, unmarked but tested, and was originally a brooch as it still has it's original "c" clasp, pin, but it also has a ring so that the piece can be worn as a pendant. The only thing I would prefer, other than listing this wonderful item on Ruby Lane, would be to keep it myself. Alas, I have 3 in my personal collection, and none of them are any with which I am willing to part, so guess I must part with this one because, as always, I have spent a lot of money. So this lovely piece contains the paintings of four eyes, which were most likely sisters, I would assume. Amazingly, on the back is inscribed their names: Ellen, Harriet, Rose, and Charlotte. The piece measures 1 inch by 1 and 1/4 inch, and it forms a sort of a cross. It weighs 4,2 grams. It is circa 1820. If I have any talent in buying and collecting antique jewelry, it is that I know when I will not see it again, and I am willing to pay for it. I get rather irritated at people who say they can not find antique jewelry. They can. They just must travel to find it, and they have to pay for it, and having a passion for it helps. If you are worthy, I believe, and make the effort, it will come! Of my soapbox now, but this is a beauty!
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