Dating to c.1870-1880, this is a fine and expressive cameo brooch of Jesus that will make a thoughtful and wallet-friendly Christmas gift (it is not too early to start shopping)!
Measuring 2" x 1 1/2", this finely-carved cameo depicts Jesus as handsome and wise young man facing right. He wears his hair long and flowing, and his moustache and beard are so well-carved that one can see the individual strands of hair! He is carved from conch shell, and there are areas pale orange that decorate his flowing robes - a nice touch on the part of the carver!
This cameo is in 100% all-original condition, and is mounted in an openwork silver-gilt frame. The gilding is completely intact, and bears a rich, original "bloom" that only the passage of 130+ years can impart! The reverse of the brooch retains its original "T and C" clasp. There is also a loop at the top that once likely held a safety chain, but one could put a bail into the loop and wear this lovely cameo as a pendant!
Weighing in at 11.5 grams, this cameo brooch is the perfect size - not too large, and certainly not to small. It lights up anything you wear it with, and is free of cracks or chips. Simply a fine example of a Victorian devotional cameo, this jewel will make a thoughtful Christmas gift for that special lady, or better yet, treat yourself this year - you deserve it! Either way, do not miss this lovely jewel!
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