Antique Victorian Cameo Pendant, the oval helmet shell cameo carved in high relief and depicting a Bacchante. Applied gold decoration to the gold frame, with impressed maker's mark C&F L.D. for Constantine & Floyd Ltd, Birmingham and 9ct to the reverse. 9ct yellow gold. Weight 18.68 grams. Length including bale 6.6cm. Width 4.9cm.
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: Excellent antique condition. The cameo has no cracks or damage.
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