Victorian / Edwardian cornelian shell cameo depicts a beautiful woman with upswept hair gathered in a headband representing the idealized woman of the day and perhaps a specific one of the time. In fact, many cameos dating to the turn of the 19th Century were carved as portraits for specific individuals. This cameo is so delicately carved that you can see the soft tendils of hair that have escaped the hairdo and cloth headband as well as each of the individual pearls in her necklace and the graceful drape of the fabric of her bodice. One can even see the more faint image of a hoop earring peeking out from under her hair. Obviously, this cameo was sensitively crafted by a skilled cameo carver and most probably a master carver. It maintains its original surface finish with virtually no wear apparent. There are no chips, cracks or any other evidence of wear of damage to the carving.
Generously sized, this exquisite antique cameo measures 1-7/8 x 1-1/2" and has a safety closure as well as a swing bail to allow you to wear it as a pendant to give you lots of wearing options. The generous bail will accommodate approximately 3MM in thickness in your choice of cables, cords, ribbons or chains.
This cameo dates Ca. 1910 and is marked "800" on a small square plaque applied to the bottom of the reverse representing 800 parts silver and it's lacy filigree bezel is plated in yellow gold. The use of 800 silver began to be used in the 1830s marking a transition from the practice of melting coins to fabricate jewelry.
The cameo sits solidly within its substantial bezel and is well mounted with no gaps for another lifetime and more. The bezel is fashioned into elegant scallops of tightly twisted wire curlicues with bead accents at the stations. This is the original bezel as we acquired it from its original owner as a carefully treasured heirloom many years ago.
This is a wonderful antique Victorian / Edwardian cameo, in Excellent Condition, that features a unique hand carving of a beautiful woman of the period. An heirloom Victorian / Edwardian cameo that has been gently preserved in pristine condition with a unique image that is ready for another family to treasure for generations!
Your beautiful cameo will arrive in our signature gift box with silver stretch tie, ready to love or give.
Victorian / Edwardian Shell Cameo Pin Brooch Pendant 800 Silver Gilded Bezel