This is an amazing large 800 silver early circa 1860s-1870s Austro Hungarian pendant set with both flat cut and cabochon garnets and turquoise, in an enameled setting that features a mother swan bird and her cygnet baby in its nest. The mother bird has wings wide spread over her baby looking up at her. The birds in their nest are seated upon a crown like perch, framed by gems and backed by an elaborate network of scrolls. There is enameling throughout, though it is worn and there are losses to the enameling. The back of this pendant has findings to accommodate a wide flat chain or slide. Currently there is a black ribbon in place. There are also old mounts for a pin stem on both sides of the back and I'm uncertain how that originally worked. Note that even the back of this large piece is finely engraved with decorations.
This brooch bears an early Austro Hungarian dog head mark on the back that indicates 800 silver content, though the metal is testing at closer to 900 grade.
This pendant weighs 42.22 gr. It measures 3.5" x 2.25".
Condition: Enamel loss. Signs of old glue repair on each side of the nest and behind cygnet's head. Empty pin stem mounts on back of unknown utility.
From my personal collection - and this beauty is hard to part with. I love it and hope you will too.
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