Measurements: A tad under 3 1/4 inches long (just over 8 cm). Head of pin is approximately 7/8inches in diameter.
A gold stick pin with spiralling ridge for more secure hold. The head of the pin has a ring of gold globules/beads surrounding a gold frame.Within is a reverse carved intaglio depicting the head of a cat. The carving was done on the inside of a rock crystal dome - hence the name'reverse carved intaglio'. Silvery grey coat, freckles around mouth. The detail of the carving is spectacular: almost every hair on his/her coat can be seen with a loupe. Marks: there are no hallmarks, typical of this period. Gold was acid tested to ensure metal purity.
Condition: generally good condition with minor wear commensurate with age. The right eye (the cat's left) has lost it's color - see enlarged pictures. Please feel free to ask questions. Good Essex crystals are highly sought after but there are none as rare as those that depict cats, which hardly ever come onto the market.
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The item "Antique Victorian Essex Crystal Stick Pin Cat Reverse Carved 14k Gold (5993)" is in sale since Monday, March 16, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "brendaginsberg" and is located in Boca Raton, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.