Antique Victorian Cameo Brooch, the oval helmet shell cameo depicting a playful putti and goat.
Metal: 9ct yellow gold.
Weight 9.2 grams.
Cameos were a very popular jewellery item throughout the Victorian period, and subject matter often derived from classical Greek & Roman sculpture. Prices charged for cameos varied greatly and importantly this enabled a wide cross section of society to enjoy them. Wearing a cameo implied not so much wealth but knowledge and learning. Many cameo subjects were derived from Classical sculpture from the Greek & Roman world.
In 1851, the novelist Elizabeth Gaskell wrote to her daughter “Be sure you take care of MY cameo brooch. I find you have got it; now I only lent it to you and I value it extremely, and would not have it lost on any account”
Condition: Very good antique condition, cameo secure in mount but one claw appears damaged. No cracks to the cameo. Gold safety chain attached.
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