LARGE ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 9K GOLD CARVED SHELL ATHENA / MINERVA CAMEO BROOCH c1880
A larger-scale antique natural shell cameo, hand carved to depict a classical warrior, probably Athena / Minerva, in a solid 9 carat gold (tests thereabouts) mount for wear as a brooch.
Wow - a striking, very collectible & extremely wearable antique cameo!
CONDITION: Slight signs of wear commensurate with age and use. Shell cracked and remounted to obscure damage in antiquity, some adhesive visible to back - see pictures.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1880. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 93 x 75 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. 39.3 grams.