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 Essex crystal pin from the Victorian (ca1880s) era! This wonderful gold-filled piece features a beautifully carved and hand painted depiction of a King Charles Cavalier Spaniel. The dog's dimensional fur, yellow eyes, and detailed collar look lovely against the iridescent hues of its Mother of Pearl backing. The gold-filled bezel setting has a detailed border and secures to a favorite outfit by a pin and latch. This whimsical piece would be a perfect addition to any Essex crystal collection!
Measurements: The pin measures approximately 1 3/8" in diameter and less than 1/2" deep excluding the pin mechanism.
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.