Edwardian 14kt Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Fox Charm/Pendant
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 Edwardian (ca1900) era is a wonderful example of the craft! The carved Essex crystal cabochon rests on a shimmery mother of pearl background and is set within a smooth 14kt gold bezel. The carefully hand-painted image is incredibly detailed, portraying a fierce brown fox with yellow eyes and a bright red tongue. The back of the piece has a smooth gold setting (marked "14K") 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 collector of reverse carved Essex crystal!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 3/4" long (including the bail), has a nearly 1/2" diameter, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The pendant remains in overall great antique condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or bail or to the surface of the rock crystal. The painted image of the fox shows some signs of normal wear, commensurate with age, however, this is not unusual for an Edwardian-era reverse carved crystal, nor does it detract from the overall beauty of the piece.