Edwardian 14kt Reverse Carved Crystal Fox & Horn Pin
Reverse carved crystal was a technique created by cutting pieces of rock quartz crystal into a convex form and then polishing it into a cabochon shape. An image is carved into the flat side of the crystal and then hand painted. From the front, the picture appears to be almost three-dimensional. Many different images were used in reverse carved crystal jewelry and artwork but animals were some of the most commonly used.
A beautiful reverse carved crystal pin from the Art Deco (ca1920) era! Made of 14kt yellow gold, the pin depicts a lovely gold fox hunting horn. Resting in the center of the horn is a hand painted fox head which has been reverse carved into a cabochon rock quartz crystal. The crystal is bezel set and has a mother of pearl background which shows through as the background behind the fox. Brown in color, the fox head is highly detailed with textured fur and an open mouth. On the back is a long pin and the stamp "14K" along with a hallmark. It would look fabulous worn alone or with other similar pins in a collection!
Measurements: The pin is approximately 1" tall, 1 5/8" wide, and has a depth of 1/2". The crystal measures approximately 7/8" in diameter.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold or to the crystal and the clasp has a safety catch which is secure and in good working condition.