Reverse carved crystal is a technique created by cutting 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 painted by hand. From the front, the picture 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.
A fabulous Art Deco (ca1920s) era carved crystal pin by Larter & Sons! Crafted in 14kt yellow gold, this wonderful piece features a beautifully carved and hand painted depiction of an English Springer Spaniel. The handsome hound is gazing off into the distance, its Essex crystal setting accented by the iridescent hues of its Mother of Pearl backing. The carved rock crystal rests in a bezel setting atop a ridged golden scallop shell. The concave shell displays lovely grooves and its curled base is represented by a hollow, polished cylinder. The backside of the pin is marked with a "14" gold purity mark and the Larter & Sons signature hallmark. A secure bar pin and clasp are set on the back, securing the pin. This whimsical piece would be a perfect addition to any Essex crystal collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 1/4" tall, 1 3/8" wide, and slightly more than 1/2" deep.
Condition: The pin is in overall excellent condition. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The Essex crystal is free of chips and scratches, and is in overall excellent condition. The pin clasp is secure and in good working condition.