19th Century Carved Shell Cameo With A Gold Filled Twisted Ribbon Style Brooch


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19th Century Carved Shell Cameo with A Gold-Filled Twisted Ribbon Style Bezel Brooch. This large cameo has a beautifully detailed carved landscape with a woman at a well said to be a depiction of the biblical story of Rebekah, who becomes Isaac’s wife. The details from the tree leaves to the houses is a lovely example of how the relief image was carefully carved to reveal the contrasting color to the background. The cameo is then placed in a beautiful gold twisted ribbon frame. This brooch is perfect for a collection and to wear on special occasions.

Weight:26 grams

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Dimensions L 0.75 x W 2.25 x H 2.75 in
Style / Period


Year / Century

19th Century

Place of Origin



Gold Filled / Shell


The fastener has a 'C' clasp. The pin is bent near the hinge, but sturdy and fastens well. The shell cameo is set in a deep bezel setting and is secure. The shell has some hair line crazing though out. There are some scratches on the front and back of shell and on the 14K rolled gold bezel frame due to the antiqueness, as well areas with patina. There is a spot under the 'C' clasp, on the twisted trim, where there is evidence it has been soldered to the bezel but is microscopic. Overall good condition for its age. We will be happy to provide more closeup images upon request.

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