Victorian 14kt Horse Intaglio Purple Glass Tassie Ring
A tassie is a paste or glass copy of a cameo or intaglio. Scottish gem engraver James Tassie created replicas of ancient agates and gemstones and together with Dr. Quin of Dublin, they came up with an opaque glass that could replicate various colors and patterns. Tassies were created using a molding process rather than carving.
This unusual glass tassie ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a stunning example of the craft! The ring holds a plaque of amethyst-colored glass at the center of a handmade 14kt gold mounting. A bezel setting holds the purple tassie in place, which displays the intaglio image of a stately horse shown in profile. The shoulders of the ring have a decorative twisted rope motive and pillar-like design, which tapers to a smooth band in the back. Stamped inside the shank is "14K." A fantastic Victorian ring, it would appeal to the equestrian enthusiast or collector of fine antique jewelry!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 7.25, but could be resized. The glass tassie measures 5/8" wide, 1/2" tall, and 3/16" thick. The shoulders of the band measure 5mm wide at the sides, and taper to 2mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold mounting or to the glass tassie, which is free of chips and is securely set.