Carved Shell and 15k Yellow Gold Cameo Brooch - Antique Circa 1880

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A stunning, fine and impressive Victorian 15 karat yellow gold, carved shell cameo brooch; part of our diverse antique jewelry and estate jewelry collections

This stunning carved shell cameo brooch has been crafted in 15k yellow gold.

The finely carved shell cameo displays a less common depiction of Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth and divine cupbearer to the gods and the Aetos Dios, a giant golden eagle which served as Zeus' personal messenger and animal companion; Zeus, being Hebe's father.

In this carving, the eagle is holding a cornucopia (horn of plenty), representing the horn of Amalthea, the goat who nourished Zeus when he was a baby.

The oval shaped carved shell cameo is bezel set in an polished 15k yellow gold frame ornamented with an applied rope twist border and four applied scrolling motifs interconnected via plain curved bands.

The brooch secures to the reverse with a hinged pin and clasp.

This antique brooch is hallmarked to the outer rim with the 15k gold fineness mark (15k) and maker's mark 'JS'.

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Length of setting 6.8cm/2.67"
Width across setting 5.5cm/2.16"
Height of setting 1.5cm/0.59"

Date: Circa 1880

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SKU: A4377


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  • Condition
    Excellent. This stunning antique brooch is fine quality with an exceptional, and more unusual carved shell cameo. The frame is a very good gauge of gold and in excellent condition with a clear hallmark to the rim..
    0.59 in. H x 2.16 in. W x 2.67 in. L
    1 cm H x 5 cm W x 7 cm L
  • Length
    2.67 in. (7 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Jesmond, United Kingdom
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