UNUSUAL ANTIQUE GEORGIAN DUCAT GOLD CARVED SHELL CAMEO CANNETILLE NECKLACE c1800
An antique high gold (components tests between 18 & 22 carat) necklace; finely made, with festooned chain drops, cannetille decoration and set with threaded seed pearls around a hand carved natural shell cameo of an artist (Raphael?), hung on a later velvet bow ribbon with a white metal hook. Inscribed to the back 'RF 1804'.
Wow - such a unique early necklace in lovely condition...immensely collectible!
CONDITION: Signs of wear & faint denting/distortion commensurate with age and use. Some cameo detail loss, nothing serious. A few tiny areas of loss to cannetille work, barely noticeable.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1804. Engraved 'Ducat Gold' & maker's marks 'IGB'.
DIMENSIONS: Gold section 14 ½ inches long, with velvet 23 inches, cameo 18 x 14 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. 56.8 grams.