An elegant old thing. Tests at 16k but I think it's just a heavy thick plating and not solid, though it is a heavy thing. The setting is just beautiful, a floral bouquet carved of ivory. This style of brooch is mid-late Victorian. It has a fine long pin and an added guard chain and pin, just to be sure you don't accidentally unhook the clasp in wear and have it drop. Such a pretty thing. Don't be fooled by the huge enlargements, the carving is delicate and so pretty in actual size. Roses, daisies, a nice bouquet you'll always love owning. From my own jewelry stashes of decades.
Very good to excellent condition, as you can see from all the photos. I think you'll notice that one side is different. I'm unsure if it was made like that, perhaps to attach a watch or something, or if it's missing one section, but I think it's the original form. Possibly made to present a ribbon? Like an award brooch? Shown in our photos in a period presentation box, but it is just for display.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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