Early Shell Carved Cameo Brooch 9k Gold Dionysus Antique 1860s
A treasure in early cameo jewelry. This antique Victorian brooch c1860-70 has one of the best museum quality carvings we have seen in a long time. The carving is of Dionysus God of Grape Harvest - Wine Making.
The brooch measures 2 1/8" X 1 7/8" and the cameo measures 2" X 1 1/2".
When held up the light the cameo is very translucent (see 2nd photo). The cameo setting shows wear with some visible dings and dents along the edge. It is missing the pin but the "C" catch and swivel "T" latch original hardware are present. It is not signed or marked. The setting has been safely tested to be 9k in gold purity.
Some of our photos unfortunately wash out the exquisite detail but the photo with it in our models hand and the last photo with the light captures it well. This is a remarkable early cameo that with a little TLC will be truly amazing.