J.E. CALDWELL Art Deco 14kt Reverse Carved Crystal Fox 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 image 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 motifs.
This reverse carved crystal fox pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era is signed by J.E. Caldwell & Co. and is a wonderful example of the craft! The large Essex crystal cabochon rests on a shimmery Mother of Pearl background and is bezel set within a 14kt yellow gold frame. The carved image inside is incredibly artistic, depicting the face of a charming red fox. Delicate hand-painted detail throughout portrays its expressive facial features, pointed earls, and vibrant fur. The reverse side of the piece has a smooth gold back and bar pin clasp, perfect for fastening the brooch to a favorite garment. Stamped on the back of the piece is "J.E. C. CO," "14K" and "V6125". A fantastic signed piece, it is perfect for any fox lover or collector of reverse carved Essex crystal!
Measurements: The pin has a 1 3/8" diameter and is 1/2" thick. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 11.4 dwt.
Condition: The overall condition of the pin is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the reverse carved crystal and hand painted image. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.