Roman God Chariot Desert Motif Carved Shell Cameo:
Antique Edwardian Sterling Silver Gold Chariot Cameo Lingerie Pin S size. For its tiny size this is a beautiful highly detailed antique late Victorian to early Edwardian carved natural shell cameo lingerie pin brooch. Made of sterling silver with a twisted gold wrap it has been jeweler tested and Guaranteed to be solid sterling silver as well as genuine antique. The gold wrap is either low grade European gold or gold filled. As was common for Victorian c-clasp brooches this pin may have had a locking clasp upgrade in the 1930s. You can see the tiny hand applied old rivets in the back that are holding the clasp to the back of the pin which likely had an early c clasp without a lock.
Crafting and Condition:
Additionally, it is all handmade, hand carved and hand cut with the gold wrap being separately hand applied, all indicative of its 1890s to 1920 age and goldsmith/silversmith hand crafting. Other than minor edge wear it is in excellent condition. There are No cracks or chips or flakes or breaks to the cameo. No damage or repair. No tears or gauges to the sterling silver.
It is highly unusual and very detailed having a desert motif of palm trees, cacti and a Roman god controlling a chariot. Hence, this is a lovely antique lingerie pin for your antique jewelry or antique clothing accessories collection. This kind of detail is very Hard to find in this very small size, 11/16″ by 1/2″. Nice estate find. Would also look great on an antique doll. It’s just the right size!
Early in the 19th century, cameos started to feature an anonymous Roman woman wearing no jewelry. Victorian women on the Grand Tour sought out lava cameos. These were carved with the mystery woman’s image when they were in Italy. These affluent Victorians eventually had a big influence on cameos; this occurred when they demanded a more familiar-looking lady, with a thinner neck, her hair up, and wearing jewelry.
Vintage cameos also incorporated religious figures and scenes, floral motifs, and images from mythology. In particular, ancient Roman motifs have been popular for cameos since they first appeared during the reign of Alexander the Great. They were made of agate, onyx, and sardonyx.