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Antique Lava Cameo brooch, 19th century

Antique Lava Cameo brooch, 19th century

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A beautiful antique, late 19th century Lava Cameo brooch.

It has a typical dark beige tone, finely carved with the profile of a classical lady.

Lava Cameos and Lava stone jewellery rose to fashion in the Grand Tour era, early 19th century.

They continued to be a popular choice until later in the 19th century.

Made in Italy from Lava Ash and rock sculpted and carved into fine figures and set into jewellery for those on their grand tour travels to purchase ad beautiful souvenirs.

This brooch is well carved, set into a gold plated rope twist brooch mount with an old c type clasp and pin fastener.

It has a later gold plated safety chain.

Italian make c1870s, it is not signed.

Lava cameos are highly prized and sought after pieces, they are becoming increasingly hard to find in surviving condition.

Condition:
Good used condition overall, light surface wear, commensurate with age, some light surface marks to the reverse, no cracks.

Approx measurements:
1.5" length
1.10" width
0.5" depth

Weighs approx 11.15 grams

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