Victorian Glass Cameo Sash Pin Brooch Roman Goddess Amphitrite C1880's
In Victorian Times this type of pin was used to secure a sash either over the shoulder or at a lady's hip. Queen Victoria wore them over her shoulder and many women imitated her. Sash pins were designed with heavier pin stems to allow the pin to penetrate several layers of fabric. Most brooches or pins of this type resembled a buckle. These pins ranged from simple to ornate. As you can see this is a beautiful example of a most ornate and rare sash pin brooch.
Large Sash Pin features a molded or pressed milk glass cameo of whom I believe to be the Greco-roman Goddess, Amphitrite, goddess of the sea, married to Poseidon. She was known to the Romans as Salacia, Neverita and Venilia.
Her hair is adorned with flowers and shells. The front of her headdress includes a very lovely large spiral shaped shell. Around her neck is a string of pearls. Features are pretty distinct. They are better seen in person than in the photos. The glass cameo is oval in shape, bezel set into frame and high in relief. Cameo measures roughly 1.5" x 1.25".
Measures 2.75" in length by about 2" in width.
If you look closely at the cheek, you may be able to discern a couple of very light teeny superficial surface scratches. These are miniscule and are hard to see, but using magnification, you can see that they are there. I cannot feel them when running my finger nail over them. Please understand that I use extremely close up shots and that they are magnified many more times than your eye can see.
Curved frame is made from stamped brass having a gently flowing rectangular shape. Cameo has been bezel set into a closed back setting that is suspended in the center of the piece. Front appears to be gold plated, the raised sections of the designs have a wonderful rosy bit of color.
In between the raised work is a soft matte finish. I believe this to be some type of enameling. The pattern of the frame is just loaded with hearts in many directions as well as some scrolls or swirls. "C" clasp is in very good working condition. Pin stem is also curved like the frame.
Sash pin is a bit heavy and I would suggest that it not be worn on thin or flimsy material. It is well suited for display on a heavier garment. Or it would look fabulous framed. In The back of the brooch, there are initials- looks like CP lightly scratched on the surface.
My photos do not do this piece proper justice. Some photos show the metal as a bit dull or darker than it actually is. Believe me, you will be proud to wear this gorgeous and most unusual piece of jewelry from the past. Please remember it is an old piece and there are some variances in coloring. Wear is consistent with age.
I'm sure whoever purchases this piece will be absolutely thrilled. It truly is a most magnificent pin.