Late Victorian Carved Essex Crystal Shorthorn Bull Cufflink Set
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 common used. Fox hunting was a culture full of tradition and ceremony. Adopted by the British Nobility as a sport, riding "hounds" became a sign of status and social standing. Hunting motifs became very popular and were often found displayed in jewelry!
A fabulous reverse carved crystal mens' set from the late Victorian (ca1900) era! With a very unusual motif, this mens' set is comprised of a pair of cufflinks and a tie clip. Made of 14kt yellow gold, each piece depicts a hand painted picture of a shorthorned bull. Each painting was done on the reverse carved crystal and has a mother of pearl background. The images are highly detailed with textured milky white hair, an intricate face and long yellow grass. The tie clip is featured atop a 14kt gold bar that slides onto a tie to secure it into place. Each cufflink is backed in 14kt gold and has a flat gold disk back with a connecting bar link. The disk side of the cufflinks have been engraved with the initials: "F.J.B.". The back of each piece is marked "14K". This stunning set would look beautiful worn as a set or individually and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The tie clip measures approximately 2 3/8" wide and 5/8" tall and the reverse carved quartz crystal measures approximately 5/8" in diameter and is 1/4" thick. The diameter of the rock quartz crystal's on the cufflinks also measure approximately 5/8".
Condition: The overall condition of the mens' set is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the crystals or to the gold settings. The tie clip is secure and in good working condition.