Dating to c.1810-1820, this Regency-era moon and star brooch is proof that great things can come in small packages!
Measuring 1" in diameter, this brooch is hand-wrought from 18k yellow gold, and is a cannetille masterpiece! As most collectors know, the Napoleonic Wars (c.1795-1815) depleted the gold sources of England and Europe. As a result, master lapadaries created this lacy, spun gold technique now known as cannetille work, which takes fine threads of solid gold and spins them into all manner of designs. The moon and star was a classic motif by 1815, and one could not do better than this example!
Both the crescent moon and star are comprised of fabulous gold rosettes, highlighted with the bead work which gives cannetille jewelry such wonderful dimension. This brooch has survived the past 200 years in an amazing state of preservation, with NO losses or repairs - so rare in a cannetille jewel of this age! The reverse of the brooch displays the gold frame and foundation, as well as the original "T and C" clasp which protrudes 1/4" from the frame as a "keeper." This brooch lights up whatever you choose to wear it with, and looks sumptuous on a lapel or sweater!
Weighing in at 3.34 grams, this brooch is truly in apple-pie order; it has not been cleaned, and boasts the rich bloomed patina to the gold which collectors covet! If you collect the finest in Georgian jewelry, this heavenly brooch belongs in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of historic jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rare survival; up to 30-day layaway is available on this item, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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