A. Brandt + Son

Art Deco 14kt Essex Crystal Naval Flag Ship Steering Wheel Pin

SKU: 41207

$1,395
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 piece from the Art Deco (ca1920) era is a wonderful example of this beautiful craft! The large Essex crystal cabochon rests on a shimmery mother of pearl background, and is bezel set within a 14kt gold frame shaped like the wheel of a ship. The image inside is incredibly artistic, depicting 26 colorful sailor's flags beside their corresponding letters. In the code used for maritime flag signaling, each flag symbolizes a different letter of the alphabet, and the arrangement of flags can be used to spell out messages. Surrounding the Essex crystal is a flat gold bezel frame and on the back of the piece is a secure pin clasp. Stamped on the back of the setting is a "14K" mark. A fantastic collector's piece, it would be perfect for the nautical or Essex crystal lover!

Measurements: The piece measures 1 1/2" in diameter and is 3/8" thick.

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.

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