Victorian Carved Tortoise Shell Dionysus Locket & Chain
An impressive tortoise shell necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Now a banned material, antique tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible. This unusual piece features an artistic hand carved tortoise shell locket that hangs from a chain made of carved tortoise shell links. The rich tortoise shell varies in color with wonderful hues of deep brown, caramel, dark gold and amber. The locket itself is particularly large in size, and is accented by an exquisite raised cameo face on the front surface. The cameo appears to be of Dionysus, the Greek God of Wine, and is incredibly detailed, including realistic facial features, flowing locks of hair, and a wreath of leaves and grapes as a headdress. The necklace has a hinged clasp in the back. A remarkably bold and attractive statement piece, it would make a fabulous addition to any collection!
Measurements: The tortoise shell link chain measures 25" long from end to end. The pendant hangs 2 1/2" long, measures 1 5/8" wide, and is 1 1/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Aside from normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the tortoise shell locket or to the link chain.