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Antique Georgian Tortoiseshell Turquoise 14ct Gold Maltese Cross And Earrings Circa 1825

Sale price$1,900.00 AUD

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Please note Antique Victorian 9ct Yellow Gold Long Guard Chain Circa 1900 is available for separate purchase.

Please see the link below to the Victoria and Albert Museum for a very similar example.

A quite extraordinary suite of jewellery dating to the early 1800’s, crafted from Tortoiseshell with applied cannetille work to both Maltese cross and earrings.

Centred to the Cross is a tiny Turquoise cabochon surrounded by fine gold wire cannetille work which extends to the entirety of the Maltese cross. Popular during the Georgian era and found in almost every European nation during the 1820’s and 1830’s. 
Fine threads of gold were worked by hand into various shapes such as scrolls, rosettes, pyramids, and tendrils and welded or, in this example, riveted to the host material.

Remarkably this Maltese cross is accompanied by a pair of period earrings, Tortoiseshell and cannetille work also, acquired together by us as a set, however we cannot definitively attest to their being a pair since manufacture 200 years ago! If only jewellery could talk!

 A remarkable testament to the skill of jewellers two hundred years ago, presenting to the market very rarely, this wondrous suite is a collectors dream.


Cross - 4cm x 4cm
Earrings - Drop from ear 5cm

Maltese Cross Pendant - 2.38 Grams
Earrings 2.06 Grams

Cannetille work to Maltese Cross XRF tested as 14ct gold
Earrings not tested but would be similar
Earring Shepherd hooks not tested but are not gold

Good 18th century condition.  Tiny losses of cannetille work to both Cross and earrings. Pin and clasp to verso of Maltese cross is missing. Shepherd hook ear wires to first surmount of earrings are adhered to tortoiseshell at rear, we do assume this is original work but cannot be 100% sure, stable and to all accounts and purposes secure.  A wondrous and rare to find set of Georgian jewellery.

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