Victorian 14kt Reverse Carved Essex Crystal Pomeranian Dog Pin
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 dog pin from the Victorian (ca1880) era is a wonderful example of the craft! The carved Essex crystal cabochon rests on a reflective foil-backed background and is set within a 14kt yellow gold bezel frame. The detailed hand painted image is incredibly realistic, portraying a lifelike pomeranian. It has a very stately appearance, seated on its hind legs while perched on a deep red carpet. Surrounding the outside of the oval frame is a very delicate twisted gold wire border, a lovely finishing touch. The reverse side of the piece has a smooth gold back and bar pin clasp, perfect for fastening the brooch to a favorite garment. A very unique and artistic piece, it is perfect for any dog lover or collector of reverse carved Essex crystal!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 1/8" tall, 7/8" wide, and is 3/8" thick. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 6.0 dwt.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the reverse carved crystal. The pin clasp is secure and in good condition.