With a laurel wreath at the crown of her head and her hair gathered back with a draping ribbon, it is revealed this cameo depicts Nike, the goddess of Victory. Carved by hand from natural shell, with a shallow yet distinct relief, this Victorian brooch is unique for its large size and canvas-like shape accented with corners in carved relief that match and frame her portrait strikingly. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well.
Taken care of, the signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The gold setting has a bright patina and soft amount of surface wear with no dents or misshapen spots.
The cameo is intact with no chipping and minor surface wear so the details are still refined with a bit of softening to the face's features. There is a couple of cracks to the cameo that appear on the front and back of the shell but appear to be from the cut of the shell and not from wear or damage. The hinge of the pinback is original, the catch of the clasp isn't and was repaired at some point. There are no other irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Secure, the catch of the clasp was repaired at some point. Material Alloy (does not test for gold), natural shell.Cameo jewelry dates back hundreds of years, recognized by a scene, persons profile, or a figure carved into a material with a raised relief. The most valuable cameos are carved by hand into shell, lava, or a natural gemstone like amethyst (not plastic or glass). Other factors that increase collectability are how rare the depiction is, the quality of the carving, and how high the relief is. On Handmade or Hand-Carved Jewelry. Handmade or hand-carved jewelry is valued because it is, by default, one of a kind. Unlike machine-made pieces, a handmade piece can never be replicated in the exact same way, and so they will always reveal the at-the-moment intent of the individual maker. Often, the pieces have a distinctively visceral feel, as though you can sense the painstaking labor that went into every aspect. _gsrx_vers_1251 GS 8.2.1 (1251). The item "Antique Victorian Gold Gilt Carved Shell Cameo Goddess Nike Laurel Brooch Pin" is in sale since Saturday, January 2, 2021.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Costume\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Cameos". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped to United States.