Victorian 14kt Reverse Carved Crystal Boxer Dog Charm
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 pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the craft! The carved Essex crystal cabochon rests within a smooth 14kt gold closed-back bezel setting. The carefully hand-painted image is very detailed, portraying a sweet boxer dog with brown fur, a black muzzle, warm caramel eyes, and pointed ears. The piece is stamped "14K" on the back, and a simple gold jump ring is attached to the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain or charm bracelet. A very unique and artistic piece, it is perfect for any dog lover or Essex crystal collector!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 3/4" long (including the bail), has a 9/16" diameter, and measures 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the charm is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the reverse carved crystal and painted image. The bail is secure and in good condition.