Not a hint of damage or loss on this sand-sized tesserae micro mosaic (micromosaic) plaque. It's been very well cherished since it was likely someone's souvenir of their Victorian era Grand Tour of Italy, c. 1840-70. I've been to Rome many times. The ancient Roman ruins and architectural remnants of that incredible culture are thrilling to see. I've bought many many of these fine micro mosaics over a lifetime - my collection of my own Grand Tours. Time to let the jewelry go and keep only the memories. This brooch is large at 1.75" x 1.5" oval, 1/4" thick plaque plus pin mount. Watch for a whole lot of fine micro mosaic items to be listed soon. You know, we've sold to a whole lot of dealers in Rome over the years, and each time I'm there or Florence, I see them marked more than double what we've charged. Smartest move: buy yours directly from us and pretend you bought it in Rome - and take another few days of holiday on the savings.
Excellent condition for age and type. Probably never worn. Most often these fabulous old glass mosaics set into a basin of onyx or black glass, or sometimes slate or marble end up with nips and chips to the bevel, or worse. This one hasn't a single nick, not any chips nor cracks, no hairlines, and not a single colored glass tesserae out of place. Smooth top, perfectly preserved. RARE excellent condition. And the brooch mount is also in excellent condition, no dents, no dings or bends. It is a pinchbeck frame, pin back with c-clamp. Looks like karat gold, but is that lovely old Victorian mimic, pinchbeck or "rolled gold" as it's sometimes called.
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