Quality Antique Hand Carved Shell Cameo depicts Virgin Mary the blessed mother.
It is quite unusual as is carved in high relief and unlike the profiles commonly seen, she has her 3/4 full face shown.
The carving is beautiful, she is heavily veiled with intricate details masterly executed around her face. Her expression is that of innocent and pure, almost naive, and there's also peace and serenity as one would expected. A halo is shining behind her head.
The frame is made from solid 10K yellow gold , triple signed on the pin catch, the pin stem, and the pendant loop. There is also a signature or maker's mark on the pin stem reads "MARAIHON" (?).
The brooch measures 1-1/2" by 1-3/16" and over 1/2" high. The cameo is in GREAT shape, no chip or break, a couple of faint lines shows in the back light.
It can be worn as a pendant with the loop ring at the top, or fold down the loop to be worn as a brooch. The perfectly functioning ball hinge and the safety catch date the piece back Edwardian around 1910s.
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