Rare Dated 1886 Gorham Nautical Theme Sterling Crystal Brooch Victorian Antique
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Rare Dated 1886 Gorham Nautical Theme Sterling Crystal Brooch Victorian Antique:
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Antique c. 1886 sterling silver brooch by Gorham. This stunning Victorian piece features a hand-painted design of a sailboat under a rock crystal dome. The crystal is in a bezel setting surrounded by a nautical rope motif accent. There is an anchor design that has a detailed and dimensional look. The back is hand-engraved 22-9-61 / 22-9-86 (indicating it commemorates the 25th anniversary of something) with initials of E.P.H. Original pinstem and curving pin catch still present. Fantastic and perhaps one-of-a-kind example of 19th century Gorham jewelry.
GORHAM STERLING (note that this mark was used on pieces sold directly through their retail store, rather than wholesaled to other retailers).
1 5/8” by 1”
Excellent overall condition. Possibly some light fading or discoloration to painting and a few light surface marks on the crystal (I think a lapidary could buff these off). Some of the spots on the painting appear to be tiny shadows cast by small marks on the crystal.
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