A superb quality antique, solid 18 carat gold (tests thereabouts) pendant; beautifully made, with original matching removable bail. Set with a stunning, finely crafted micromosaic with microscopic sized tesserae, depicting a diving swallow amongst flowers. The mount is equally impressive with delicately applied twisted rope cannetille work and a micro mosaic border.
Wow - stunningly beautiful, of the very highest quality and fabulously collectible - one of the best we've seen!
CONDITION: All original and very, very good. Faint signs of wear, commensurate with age & use. One border square has been enameled at some point to match others (barely noticeable - see pics). Will have originally also had brooch fittings - pin and clasp have been removed.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1860/80's. Not marked (likely will have been marked on pin/clasp)
DIMENSIONS: 57 x 39 mm including bail (1 inch = 25.4 mm).