A very lovely and very interesting antique Victorian natural shell cameo, beautifully hand carved to depict Venus, Cupid and another cherub along with a satyr with a goat's hind quarters, in an ocean or sea scenery. The cameo is custom set in a marked solid 9 carat rose gold mount to be worn as a pin, ca. 1890.
As you can see, the shell is very thick and the carving is wonderfully executed, the piece is in very good condition, there is a tiny surface flake on 3 o'clock, which has been greatly enlarged by the photo, and a natural shell fault at the top left corner only visible from the back, neither would detract the beauty or the safety of the piece.
There is a small mark to the bottom of the frame when inspect closely from the back, possibly left by someone who removes the original safety pin. The brooch pin catch has been fastened and is currently in good working order,
Measures approx. 2 inches by 1 1/2 inches.
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