ANTIQUE 15K GOLD CARVED SHELL PSYCHE BUTTERFLY & FLAME CAMEO BROOCH c1820
An antique natural shell cameo, finely hand carved to depict Psyche and a butterfly coming from a flame, in a high quality 15 carat three-colour gold (tests thereabouts) mount with applied hand chased shell, vines, grapes and leaves designs, for wear as a brooch.
A particularly fine quality carving in a lovely heavy mount...beautiful, fabulously collectable & so wearable!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slightest signs of wear commensurate with age and use, faint natural stresses to shell just visible. Small chip to shell at around 3 o'clock - see pictures. Pin itself and a safety chain ring old replacements.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1820/30. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 47 x 40 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 14.0 grams.