Friday, December 28, 2012

Antique Cameo Pin Rare Mt. Vesuvius Carved Sardonyx Italian Brooch $165

Antique Cameo Pin Rare Mt. Vesuvius Carved Sardonyx Italian Brooch

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This antique/vintage cameo pin or pendant is a rare to find scenic Italian brooch. The pin is carved sardonyx shell and the scene is of Naples : a coastal scene of a large tree, mountains, buildings, the ocean, a sailboat, and Mt. Vesuvius in the background.

The carving of the this brooch is very professional and the multiple layers and fine details indicate this was not a poorly made brooch for the tourist trade. Below you can see a real photograph of this scene.

It is very hard to date when this pin was made but it was assuredly made in the first half of the 19th century. The hand made twisted rope frame is probably not solid gold. I can see silver solder in my close up photos. The frame appears to be rolled gold over silver or gold plated. The cameo is securely prong set and the back as an old style C clasp and a custom made soldered bail.

Medium petite in size, the pin or pendant is 1 1/4" tall x 1" wide or 30 mm x 24 mm.

The entire pin is in spectacular pristine clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. The cameo is perfect with no chips, cracks, scratches, or scuffs. The gold is in sparkling clean condition with no wear or worn gold. The pin is not signed.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation brooch box.
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