Early Victorian .900 Silver Enameled Vinaigrette Pendant
A wonderful and unique enameled pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This Austrian made piece is crafted in .900 silver and portrays the shape of a 3-dimensional egg. The top, bottom and one whole side of the pendant is beautifully decorated in a rich, royal deep red enameled surface and features a gorgeous hand painted pattern of swirled gold lines and dots. The other side displays an egg-shaped outline that holds two beautiful hand-painted images. One detailed image features a man and woman dressed in Victorian attire appearing to have an engagement outside. A second image near the top of the pendant displays another woman holding some type of item in her hand, with a lovely scenic image in the background. Both images exhibit vibrant colors of pinks, browns, blues, yellows and rich black. A lovely etched design wraps around the center, where the pendant is hinged on the side and opens to reveal a hidden compartment topped with the original gilded vinaigrette. The entire inside is adorned with lovely pink enamel and stamped on either edge is an "A" and an "SG" maker's mark indicating that was assayed in Vienna. The Diana head mark appears to be missing, which indicates its silver purity, location, and dates this piece to between 1872-1922, however the maker's mark confirms the time period and location. Finishing the piece is a lovely floral accent motif and simple round bail at the larger end, perfect for adding to a favorite chain. The pendant has a wonderful 3-dimensional look with realistic detail throughout and is a fabulous and fun piece for any collector!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 1 1/2" long (including the bail at the top) and measures about 7/8" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting. The enameled surface is in great condition given the age of the piece, and the bail, hinged compartment and vinaigrette are secure and in good working condition.