Early Carved Antique Cameo 14k Yellow Gold Pin C1830s Brooch
Early Carved Antique Cameo 14k Yellow Gold Pin C1830s Brooch
Early Carved Antique Cameo 14k Yellow Gold Pin C1830s Brooch
Early Carved Antique Cameo 14k Yellow Gold Pin C1830s Brooch
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Early Carved Antique Cameo 14k Yellow Gold Pin C1830s Brooch

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Presented is an exceptional carved coral or shell cameo mounted in 14K gold.  This is a very early cameo, much earlier than average.  It was made in the first half of the 1800s, probably around the 1830s or 1840s.  The cameo is very well carved to depict a classical figure, probably a traditional Muse or a Greek or Roman deity.  The figure is depicted in classical attire wearing a flowing robe and a wreath of leaves.  There is a horn on one side and a book on the other side.  We are not certain which Muse or classical figure this is meant to depict.  The cameo is securely bezel set in a 14K gold frame.  The frame is nicely engraved and ornamented with applied flowers at the center of each side.  The edges of the frame are engraved, “Susan J. Robinson, Concord NH”.  The original pin back has the old C style clasp.  The coral or shell was most likely carved in Italy or elsewhere in Europe.  This is the sort of piece that may have been acquired when wealthy Americans took Grand Tours of Europe, which were common during the 1800s, especially between 1820 through the 1870s.  The gold frame might have been made in Italy or perhaps was added in America.  Around the early 1900s a hinged bale was added so that the pin can also be worn as a pendant.

The pendant is not marked.  We have tested the frame with nitric acid and guarantee it to be 14K gold.

The cameo is in excellent overall condition.  There is one fine line at the bottom of the piece that goes through to the front, and there are a few little stress lines on the back that do not go through to the front of the piece.  These lines are all insignificant.  As you can see in the overall photo, the lines are not very noticeable.  The piece is securely bezel set and structurally
sound.  The pin which secures the hinge on the clasp has been replaced, but this
is irrelevant.  The hinge is still strong and secure, and the clasp is working
well.  There are no chips, no splits, and no breaks.

The cameo measures 2 inches by 2 1/4 inches.

The weight is 11.9 grams.