Amazing Antique Victorian English Shell Gold Silver Pique Demi-parure Boxed Set For Sale
A fabulous antique English natural shell boxed demi-parure of pendant, brooch and drop earrings, all with stunningly fine inlaid silver & gold floral piqué work. All in a fabulous Victorian fitted shaped box, the pendant is an unusually gothic, almost battle-axe shape with metal split ring for hanging, thebrooch a very deep button-style with white metal fittingsand the four-sided quatrefoil drop earrings with all-over piqué work and white metal screw-on earring fittings for pierced or non-pierced ears. In very good all round condition, the box has cracked & separated at the hinge (probably a pretty simple fix), the pendant has been repaired at the centre in antiquity and the pin fittings appear to be old replacements, but the vast majority of the inlay is bright, clear and present.Dating from around1870 , it weighs127grams in total, the jewellery 23.2 grams unboxedand the box measures6inches long, the pendant 3 ¼ inches long and the earrings 1 ¾ inches total drop. The final photo shows it with a US penny (1 cent) coinfor scale, which measures19mm diameter.
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