ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 18K GOLD SHELL CAMEO NECKLACE EARRINGS BROOCH SUITE c1840
An antique solid 18 carat gold (tests thereabouts) jewellery suite; beautifully made, with ornate repoussé & cannetille decoration, and set with an array of finely hand carved natural shell cameos. Featuring a necklace with fine gold chain connectors and a snap clasp, holding eight carvings (Hermes, Nyx, Apollo, Eos, Athena, Zeus & Bacchus); stunning earrings with theatre mask tops and Eros / Cupid & Psyche to the long drops; a brooch that depicts Hebe feeding her father Zeus in the form of an eagle, and a pair of two unfitted 'Day' & 'Night' cameos - Eos / Aurora accompanied by the Genius of Light scattering roses as she ushers in the day, and Nyx carrying two sleeping children (Hypnos & Thanatos), accompanied by an owl.
One of the finest collections of antique cameos we've come across - a group of exquisite carvings of extremely sought after classical subjects that are immensely collectible & wearable too!
CONDITION: Generally very good. Slightest signs of wear & natural stresses commensurate with age and use. A few small areas of loss to bezels (one small loose piece will come with one of the stand alone cameos, possibly repairable). Some possible old repairs? The two unmounted cameos could possibly be converted to pendants / brooches.
DATE/MARKS: Early / Mid 19th Century. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: Necklace approx. 19 inches long, earrings 83 x 25 mm, cameos from 37 x 30 mm to 56 x 48 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. 140.4 grams in total.