A beautiful antique pin using gold and silver embedded into tortoise shell.
The technique known as pique* uses fine wires of precious metal, silver or gold pressed into the softened material.
This brooch dates from the late 1700's to the mid 1800's.
The pin is domed with gold and silver inlaid creating delicate and intricate designs including floral and geometric, the grid at the center is especially impressive.
The pin has a diameter of just over 1.5", it has a .25" dome.
Excellent condition with slight wear, nothing noticeable or distracting, it closes with the old style C clasp.
An outstanding antique pique beauty.
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*Pique (pronounced pee-kay) was a technique of decorating materials like tortoise shell, bone and other materials with a fine inlay of gold or silver. Fine wires of precious metal, silver or gold normally, are heated and then pressed into the material. Sometimes other elements, such as abalone, were added to the design.