Cameo brooch depicting Venus and Cupid. Venus, seated above the clouds, holds a harp or lyre, as the winged Cupid hovers at her side. The cameo is well carved with graceful figures and nice detail.
The brooch measures 2 1/4" x 1 5/8", and has a silver setting which tests at 800 silver, the European standard to the last century. There is a retractable bail, most likely meant for a safety catch and a locking ring clasp on the reverse.
The previous owner says that this cameo was purchased in Italy, circa 1920, by her grandparents.
Held to the light, the shell shows stress marks, but no fractures.
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