These great cuff links have a wonderful reddish brown terrier for their subject matter and we love the fact that the 4 portraits are all slightly different. The dogs have super shading and accents to the artistry giving an illusion of fur. Note the subtle but realistic dimensions to the dogs. You can see the rounded end of his nose, feel the curve of his cheek as well as the layering of that folded over ear. But the best part is when you use a loupe and look at the eyes. They are alive and are so well done you feel like you can actually see the intelligence of the dog. The crystal was then collar mounted in a 14kt. gold cuff link disk. For those of you not familiar with Essex crystals there is a little explanation at the end of the listing.
The crystals are in excellent condition with no cracks, nicks, chips, deep scratches or abrasions. The painting's are all intact and the mother of pearl backings show no chips or cracks. The gold is also in excellent condition with no rips, cracks, dents, holes, deep scratches, abrasions or repairs. The backside of the disks have what I am going to call a form of a hinge. The hinge's all have an 180 degree smooth movement. Attached to the hinges is a somewhat figure eight oval connector ring. Both the hinges and connectors are original and without repair. Just a note - DO NOT put essex crystals in ultrasonics or immerse in any liquids - hand clean them ONLY!
Both connectors have a mark, note the red arrows in last photo. One is unreadable and the other may say 15ct. (English). So Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. Regretfully the acid will not tell us the difference between 14 & 15. The diameter of the cuff link disk is 9/16" and the crystal stands approx. 3/32" above the collar thru the center of the crystal.
An Essex crystal is a rock crystal (clear quartz) cabochon with an intaglio (recessed) carving done on the flat backside. The intaglio is then painted so when the crystal is viewed from the front the image has a realistic dimensional effect. The backside is sealed with a plain sheet of mother-of-pearl (or another material) to preserved the painting as well as providing a wonderful background. This super art form originated in Belgium around 1860 and was made famous in England. It was used for jewelry, including buttons, as well as decoration on every day items. The subjects most common for men were horses, dogs, foxes and birds and for the ladies florals.
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