One of the earliest forms of plastic and derived from a natural tree substance similar to rubber, Gutta Percha was first processed in 1845 and soon became a very popular thermo plastic substance used in the production of photo album covers, boxes and mourning ornaments and jewels. Owing to its low melting temperature and hardness when cooled, gutta percha was ideal for pouring into highly intricate molds and retaining very fine detail.
This large Egyptian Revival pendant is made of the aforementioned Gutta Percha and sports a rather sweet, baby-faced Pharaoh wearing a headdress and neckplate. This would have made a wonderful statement piece for an adventurous Victorian, and for anyone feeling the pull of Egyptomania!
Dimensions: 1 3/4" x 1 5/8"
Weight: 23.46 grams
Materials: Gutta Percha, 9K gold bale & jump ring
Condition: Excellent Antique condition commensurate with age and wear