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Pair of Victorian Gothic Revival Onyx Earrings
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Pair of Victorian Gothic Revival Onyx Earrings
ca. 1870, 15k yellow gold, each with a single shield-shaped piece of onyx drilled and set with a potted flower set with split pearls, set within a gold crest decorated with black enamel ovolo, suspended from a ropework palmette; with locking "fish-hook" earwires of later date. h. 1-1/2" (1-3/4" with earwire), w. 5/8", total weight 10.4 grams
Condition
Both earrings haves some minor chipping on the reverse of the onyx around the drill holes and retaining pins for the front motifs, particularly the lower one, but this does not affect the security of the motifs, which are well-affixed. Additionally, one earring has a tiny chip in the onyx on one side, and the other a small chip at the point. All of these are on the reverse: the fronts of each are undamaged. The tops of the earrings are of a slightly lighter shade of gold and may be a later (but period appropriate) replacement. No marks.
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Pair of Victorian Gothic Revival Onyx Earrings

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Dec 04, 2021
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Est. $1,000 - $1,500Starting Price $900
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Pair of Victorian Gothic Revival Onyx Earrings
ca. 1870, 15k yellow gold, each with a single shield-shaped piece of onyx drilled and set with a potted flower set with split pearls, set within a gold crest decorated with black enamel ovolo, suspended from a ropework palmette; with locking "fish-hook" earwires of later date. h. 1-1/2" (1-3/4" with earwire), w. 5/8", total weight 10.4 grams
Condition
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Both earrings haves some minor chipping on the reverse of the onyx around the drill holes and retaining pins for the front motifs, particularly the lower one, but this does not affect the security of the motifs, which are well-affixed. Additionally, one earring has a tiny chip in the onyx on one side, and the other a small chip at the point. All of these are on the reverse: the fronts of each are undamaged. The tops of the earrings are of a slightly lighter shade of gold and may be a later (but period appropriate) replacement. No marks.

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