"The Dashing Cavalier"

SOLD--Antique 18K & Carnelian Intaglio Cameo Cavalier Portrait Locket Brooch/Pendant circa 1870

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  • Regular price $2,150.00

 A wonderful brooch depicting a man, perhaps a historical figure, carved into a rich deep rust colored carnelian stone. Set in beautiful 18 karat yellow gold, fashioned in the Etruscan Revival style, it has a locket space on the reverse, where a piece of fabric or a lock of hair could be kept under the glass.

We at the Koven Court have been pondering about just who this man could be. He has a slight resemblance to General Custer, a Civil War officer, or perhaps a famous author. While his identity remains a mystery, his dashing appearance is as plain as the rakish hat upon his head! Finely carved with the reverse intaglio technique, and framed to perfection with golden boules, corded wire, and granulation, the Etruscan Revival gold work is fantastic! The glass can be pried out to accommodate a memento on the reverse, and has a hidden bale, providing a pendant to be alternately worn on a chain. In wonderful condition, it's a true collector's piece!


Details (approximate)

Dimensions:2" x 1.5"

Weight: 25.6 grams

Materials: Gold, carved carnelian cameo

Metal: 18K yellow gold

Marks: None

Condition: Excellent antique condition