Summary

Orignal case containing a pair of gold mounted cameo ear pendants attributed to Gaunt of Melbourne, circa 1870.

This pair, in a richly coloured gold setting, combines the European taste of cameos together with an Australian flavour. They are almost pristine, as they were probably only worn for a special occasion or because they were out of fashion and put away for over a century. Typical of the Australian colonial period, the decoration around the imported Italian cameos is of leaves and tendrils. The matched cameos are of a classical woman's profile with cloth draped over the shoulder and with a ringlet of hair falling behind an ear.

The ear pendants are presented in their original, London made and jeweller stamped, box. Although the outside has some wear, the interior is almost pristine.

Physical Description

Brown leather case with gold border, slightly raised in centre. Blue velvet lining. Hinged lid. Metal press button mechanism to clode.

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