Here we have a superb large Victorian 19th Century shell cameo pendant pin depicting a bacchante. This large pendant can be worn as a brooch too with a secure c clasp fitting for the brooch and a retractable bale to wear as a pendant. The cameo frame, bale and fittings are all solid 9 karat yellow gold except for the pin which is base metal as was commonly chosen for pins of the period because of the additional strength required. Of course, being an antique brooch it is handmade with a hand carved shell cameo. In total it weighs approximately 12.3 grams.
With the bale extended it measures 2 1/8" long by 1 9/16" wide and worn as a brooch it measures 1 15/16 tall (54mm x 39mm, 49mm). It is in good condition commensurate with the age and authenticity of the setting and cameo which are in excess of 130 years old.The shell has natural growth features to the shell that can be seen clearly from the reverse. Viewed from the front of the cameo we can see that the cameo is intact without damage or repair and that the growth features of the shell are only present to the natural gem material on the reverse. The c clasp holds securely although it is slightly asymmetrical between the two sections of the c itself. There is some light patina to the gold setting of the cameo consistent with age and use of this antique pendant. It is ready to gift or to wear and presents beautifully. This particular cameo has a lot of appeal in how finely carved it is, the large size which is still so fashionable today, the simplicity of the setting which is timeless and how beautiful the face of the bacchante is. The photos form part of the description of this lovely antique yellow gold cameo pendant. The item "Victorian Shell Cameo Pendant Pin Brooch 9K Yellow Gold 19th Century Large Big" is in sale since Monday, February 3, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "jewelry_secrets" and is located in Sydney. This item can be shipped worldwide.