Antique Victorian Silver & Rock Crystal Fly Pendant
Antique Victorian Silver & Rock Crystal Fly Pendant, the facetted, oval-shaped rock crystal framed in silver and mounted with a silver fly. Length of pendant including bale 6cm.
There was a Victorian fascination with the natural world, and insects were part of that. 'Huge scope for deception was provided by insect jewellery. Flies especially could trick the onlooker into thinking they were real'. 'A fly is the fancy ornament of the day, a pretty little fly so skilfully and perfectly imitated that it looks like life. When it is mounted on a pin and fastened in the corner of a necktie, it deceives everyone... Godey's Lady's Book for September 1879. 'Flies and bees had other connotations, appearing frequently in jewels with messages of love. The fly attracted to fruit or sweet is a constant theme...' Charlotte Green & Judy Rudoe, Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria.
Condition: Very good. Age appropriate scuffmarks. Very small chip to reverse of pendant where fly is attached. An unusual pendant, great proportions, beautifully made.
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