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Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s
Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s

Antique Italian Micro Mosaic Clasp, Brooch, Sand Size Tesserae, c.1820s

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This one is very early, super-tiny sand sized tesserae in colored glass, set into a red glass basin and further into a c.1820-30s bracelet or necklace clasp of good size. Later addition of a hinged pin and clasp, it has been used through Victorian era as a brooch. It still will be useful as an elaborate bracelet clasp, or large necklace clasp though with simple adjustment. The insert of clasp and opposite side each will take 3 strands. Imagine it with pearls strung, or even red glass beads, as a graduated necklace, large clasp worn at the front. I have not tested the metal, but think it is a silver with 18k vermeil mount. Measurements are on our photos. A great old one.

Very good condition for very advanced age and fragile type. Super tiny sand sized glass tesserae throughout, not missing a single one. There is a fine tight hairline in the red glass, visible in our greatly enlarged photos, but it remains stable an dis not a break that shows to the backside, or has been professionally braced, one. The piece is 1 1/2" x 1", will make a fabulous clasp for a necklace, or remain wearable as a brooch.