Dating to c.1750-1760, this Georgian lover's jewel is a charming example of "hand-hewn" devotion!
Measuring 2" long from the top of its original silver bail x 1 1/4" wide, this hand-made 18th-century sentimental jewel consists of a heart and lock wrought from silver and cow's horn! This beautifully-carved, caramel-hued jewel is constructed from two pieces of cattle horn, which are invisibly fitted together with tiny, hand-cut copper pins, then the edges were hand-polished to ensure that it would look identical, front and back! The center of the heart is fitted with a cunning copper-gilt keyhole, as well two hand-engraved sterling-grade silver "escutcheons" which are movable, one above the keyhole, and the other on the reverse! The top of the pendant even retains its original engraved silver bail and jump ring (all metals unmarked but tested)!
This sentimental jewel was very likely made by a gentleman for his lady love; perhaps he could not afford a silver example, or wished to give her something he had made by hand. The result is one charming example of mid-18th century sentimental jewelry, and today, it can be worn with anything from blue jeans to a business suit! It is nothing short of a miracle that this pendant has reached its 260th birthday in 100% intact condition, without losses or cracks! Together, the necklace weighs 8.93 grams.
This heart pendant will be sold with the Edwardian 24" gold filled chain on which it arrived; it looks wonderful on this chain, but I think that a silver chain may be more suitable. Simply a sublime example of early English "folk jewelry," this winsome jewel will make a wonderful addition to any collection of Georgian jewelry. It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of early, hand-crafted lover's hearts, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind expression of devotion; layaway is not available on this item, but USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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