Most likely European; Italian more specifically, this signed vintage 800 silver combination pin / pendant shell cameo (with included contemporary sterling silver necklace chain) features a maiden / goddess / nymph with lyre and sprig of laurel. The caramel / cream colored cameo is bezel set in an 800 silver (more alloy than 925 sterling) framework with delicate twisted rope detailing. The brooch includes a concealed loop and bail for use as pendant on the included sterling silver contemporary necklace chain added at a later date.
The brooch measures approximately 1 3/8 inches x 1 1/8 inches with a 1/4 inch profile or height. Cameo is approximately 30 millimeters x 23 millimeters. Sterling chain is about 22 inches with lobster claw clasp. Weight of the cameo pin / pendant and chain is approximately 8 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. No chips, nicks, cracks or breaks to cameo. Nice carving and color. Setting secure. No dents or improper bends to silver components. Pin mechanism including locking wheel strong and secure. Loop / bail secure. Sterling chain free from damage with secure clasp. No polishing has been done. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of pin / pendant setting is stamped "800" for silver content. The chain is stamped "925" on jump ring connector. Reverse of the cameo proper is also etched with cursive lettering -- perhaps the carver's signature. It is difficult to discern but the last four letters may be "erto" or "uto". The first few letters could be interpreted in a number of different ways. We believe the piece to be Italian -- circa 1930s-1940s.
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800 Silver Signed Shell Cameo Figural Pin Brooch Pendant Necklace