ANTIQUE GOLD OYSTER SHELL CAMEO BROOCH SUPERB CARVING

Description: This is a wonderful antique (circa 1850) very light grey and white OYSTER SHELL CAMEO , in very good condition. It is superbly hand-carved to depict a woman in a flowing robe pulling a snake (?) from a long cylinder with a wheat design (probably some mythological Greek goddess doing something very special, but I am not sure!). It is set in a 9 carat gold mounting for wear as a pin or brooch. This is a very collectible - and wearable - early cameo . The carving was done on a translucent background and a dramatic effect is achieved when the cameo is held against a light source (see pictures). The cameo is set with twelve (12) small prongs attached to a gold frame with a swirly border. The brooch fastens with a pin & catch mechanism that is stamped 14K (because the pin assembly was probably replaced later). The brooch measures approximately 1 3/4 inches in length and 1 1/2 inches in width . T is one very faint stress line at 3 o'clock (barely seen in the enlarged picture, of no consequence).The mount itself is not marked; however, acid testing shows the metal to be 9 karat gold . If you see a fine black hair on the robe - after you the backlighted picture - it's from my cat who climbed on the desk while I was taking the pictures; if you can't read this, you probably can't see the hair either :-) Thank you for your

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