Offered for sale: Wonderfully detailed shell cameo of a woman set in setting of Sterling Silver with 14k Gold filled accent flowers.
This is truly one of the most unusual cameo brooches that I have seen. The shell cameo itself measures 1 1/2 inches by 1 inch. (Note: A portion of the background shell on the left side is missing. A silver 'leaf' has been added to the setting to cover the opening in the shell. From the front, the opening is not visible. There are also some stress fractures on the right side which do not go through the shell.) The cameo portrays the head and shoulders of a woman with delicate features and up swept hairdo.
The setting measures 2 1/4 inches by 1 7/8 inches. The setting is Sterling Silver. The setting has elaborate floral decoration which includes Sterling Silver leafs and berries . Intertwined with the silver foliage is 14k rose gold filled foliage which includes the petals of flowers with silver bead centers and rose gold leaves mixed in with the silver leaves. I have never seen a setting like this before.
The cameo is marked Sterling and 1/20 14k on a plate on the back. The original pin ran from the top to the bottom of the cameo. It has been replaced by a pin running from side to side. The pin has a ball hinge and safety clasp which dates it later than 1890.
The price of the cameo has been adjusted for the defects in the cameo.