Victorian Large Gold-Filled Mother of Pearl Horseshoe + Hooves Fob Pendant
A wonderful and bold mother of pearl fob pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This substantial piece is comprised of two large mother of pearl charms, one hanging below the other. Both are hand carved to depict equestrian motifs: one a pair of horse hooves, the other a lucky horseshoe. The natural mother of pearl has a rich, iridescent cream color with a shimmery, high luster surface. The horseshoe is detailed with gold-filled findings depicting two horse bit links resting across the center, below two delicate diamond-shapes at the top. A gold-filled wire wraps around the base of each horse hoof and connects to a strand of chain on either side, from which the horseshoe dangles freely below. The gold-filled accents are riveted securely in place and add wonderful detail, creating a 3-dimensional look. Resting at the top of the piece is a gold cap and large round bail, perfect for adding to a favorite chain. This unique equestrian-inspired piece is perfect for the equestrian enthusiast and would make a fabulous statement piece!
Measurements: The entire piece hangs approximately 4" long (including the bail at the top), and measures about 1 1/2" wide, and 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is very good. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the carved Mother of Pearl charms or to the gold-filled setting and findings. The accents are riveted securely into place and are all intact. There is a natural patina present on some of the surface of the gold-filled setting, which is normal given the age and adds to the beauty of the piece.