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Victorian Antique Hand-Carved Ivory Bird Brooch
This exquisite antique brooch is carved from pre-ban ivory in the 1800s. It's amazingly hand-carved from a single piece of elephant tusk. The openwork design features two pheasants or birds amid an incredible profusion of ivy leaves and delicate vines that swirl around a graceful frame. The mossy foliage background makes this a fabulous three dimensional brooch. I can only imagine the hours of work and steady hands it must have taken to finish with such a truly superb one of a kind piece of art. I have heard that this type of memento was made for men that went to Africa on game hunts as something to take back to their wives. A grand museum piece worth every penny. Measures 2" x 1.8" x 1/4"
Condition: The pin is turned up a little at the end, but it does not snag and is the only flaw to the entire piece. When I first saw the brooch I thought one of the legs was broken off, only to discover it at the back, hiding from the front view.
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Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Cream, Size: 2"
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