Edwardian Silver & Painted Porcelain Portrait Pin/Pendant
A wonderful and unusual pin/pendant from the Edwardian (ca1910) era! This artistic piece is made of 800 silver and has a very decorative design. In the center of the piece is a detailed portrait of a refined woman, who is shown in profile. The image is hand-painted on porcelain, and has very fine detail, including delicate facial features, an upswept hairstyle, delicate pearl necklace, and dark dress with richly detailed fabric. Surrounding the portrait is a textured silver border, complete with swirled wirework, raised beadwork, and deep blue synthetic sapphire cabochons. The portrait is held behind a glass frame, which has a removable silver back stamped "800." A hidden swinging bail and bar pin allow the piece to be worn either as a brooch, or as a pendant on a chain. A wonderful and versatile piece, it would make a unique addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The piece measures 1 7/8" tall, 1 1/2" wide, and 1/4" thick. When worn as a pendant, the piece hangs 2 1/8" long (including the bail). The painted portrait itself measures 1 1/2" tall and 1" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is very good. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the silver setting, and the pin clasp and bail are both secure and in good working condition. All of the synthetic sapphires are intact, as is the glass frame and painted portrait. The painted portrait itself is somewhat faded around the edges due to age, and shows minor cracking of the paint when examined very closely. However, the minor imperfections are not noticeable when worn. There is a darkened patina on the surface of the silver that gives it an antiqued appearance, which is normal and adds depth to the design.