Victorian, 18ct, 18k, 750 Gold, Reverse Intaglio Essex Crystal Dog, Stick, tie, cravat, lapel pin, Circa 1880
This fine Victorian stickpin is beautifully made in 18carat yellow gold and features a dogs head carved on Rock crystal (see below for detailed information on Essex Crystal).
Very clear, crisp image of a three dimensional dog with fine facial & collar details.
The rock crystal is backed with a piece of mother of pearl and mounted in an 18 carat gold setting.
This pin does not appear to have been painted, the colours of the dog are silvery grey.
Hallmarked with the Paris eagle’s head on pin as shown in images & fully tested for 18ct.
MEASUREMENTS: 17.2 x 87.8mm
WEIGHT: 5.5 grams
HALLMARKS: As shown in images
CONDITION: Very Good
DATE: Victorian (1901 to 1910)
PRODUCT CODE: ST106
ABOUT ESSEX CRYSTAL
All Essex crystal jewellery is skillfully made using a piece of clear rock crystal. The crystal is cut into a cabochon (flat back & rounded dome shaped top), and then working from the flat back the artisan carefully carves a detailed design into it. Then the carved-out design is painted so that it appears to float, in three dimensions inside the crystal, when viewed from the front and sides. This technique is called “reverse carving.”
Reputedly this art form began in Europe and the process was introduced to England during the 1860’s, the finished crystals were initially sold by Hancock’s in London.
This technique was named Essex crystal after a very popular artist named William Essex, who specialized in enamel miniatures, he was assumed to have produced them because of the fineness of the workmanship.
Essex was one of Queen Victoria’s favourite portrait artists and so it assumed that such quality of work must be his!
Highly collectable, these pieces are minature works of art!