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Large Cameo Brooch with Gold Setting, c.1850s


Large oval shell cameo brooch of a woman in profile wearing Classical dress. Set in gold with etching of flowers and leaves on each side of the frame. C-clasp back.

This Napoleonic profile of this large cameo tells us that it is most likely from France during Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte's "Ten-Year Presidency." A middle-class lady on the Grand Tour might have brought this home to treasure, especially since the Port at Dover had been made a deep-water berth in 1850 that allowed for efficient scheduling and lower transportation costs across the Atlantic.

Some soldering in silver metal between setting of cameo and frame on top and bottom.

France, c.1850s.

It measures 1 3/8 x 1 3/4 x 5/8 inches and weighs 1/4 oz. 


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