2 x Unmounted Victorian Shell Cameo

£110.00

2 large, unmounted Victorian shell cameos,
one 5cm x 4cm, depicting a lady’s head,
the other 4cm x 3.2cm, depicting a lady with a lyre.
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Description

This lot consists of two carved shell cameos, both unmounted. They are very old, Victorian, I should think, and one is larger than the other. The larger one is 5cm x 4cm and shows the profile of a woman’s head and shoulders. It is a fine quality carving with lots of crisp leafy and flowery details in her hair. The shell itself is in good condition, with only two small flaws on the rim, both of them on the back. The smaller one shows a comparatively less detailed carving of a lady with a lyre. This cameo is 4cm long and 3.2cm wide. There are some faint vertical lines in this shell, at the bottom of the front and on the back, which are not actual cracks, but must be just part of the natural structure of the shell. You can judge both shells’ condition for yourself from the photos. Both cameos would be very nice pieces for collectors, and especially the larger one, if mounted, would make quite an impressive brooch.