ANTIQUE 15K GOLD FINELY CARVED SHELL LYRE PLAYER & MUSES CAMEO BROOCH c1870
An antique solid 15 carat gold (tests thereabouts) brooch; beautifully made, with applied decoration to the bezel, and holding a natural shell cameo, finely carved to depict a classical bearded figure playing a lyre & attended by two muses, one holding a mask.
Such a lovely carving...so collectible & extremely wearable!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slight signs of wear, faint denting & light tarnish commensurate with age and use. One or two faint natural stress lines to shell just visible, of no consequence.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1870. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 58 x 52 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. 20.2 grams.