S. COTTLE & CO. Large Victorian Sterling Repousse Acorn Box Pendant
The acorn is a traditional good luck emblem that has long been considered a symbol of strength, prosperity, patience, renewal, and growth. These attributes are partially inspired by nature itself; a mighty oak tree grows from a tiny acorn, giving significance not only to the tree, but to the seed itself. Acorns became a popular jewelry motif dating back to the early Victorian era, and are often depicted in a wonderful range of materials and styles. Their beautiful renderings and sentimental symbolism are still valued in the modern day, making antique acorn jewelry very special!
A gorgeous acorn box pendant necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era by New York based S. Cottle & Co, established makers of gold and silver novelties since 1865! This beautiful 3-dimensional piece is crafted in sterling silver, and forms the shape of a relatively large acorn that hangs from a black silk cord. A stunning swirled repousse design carries around the entire outer surface, providing a fabulous textured appeal. The lid, which also acts as the acorn cap, fits securely over the base and can be lifted off, revealing ample space inside to store a special keepsake item. Stamped on the inside edge of the lid is the S. Cottle & Co maker's mark, beside a "STERLING" purity mark, and the number "21." Resting at the top of the acorn is a round bail, perfect for hanging the pendant from the featured adjustable black silk cord or adding it to a favorite chain. A fabulous statement piece by a wonderful American designer, it would make a beautiful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The knotted black cord measures 28.5" in total length, but can be adjusted. The pendant hangs approximately 1 1/2" long, and 1" wide and thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the box pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or repousse design. The lid fits securely and can be removed easily, and the bail is intact and in good working order.