We have similar Georgian and Neo-Classical items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Markings: Unidentified Maker's Mark and Assay Mark.
Country of Origin: We could not trace the hallmarks, but based on the style of the piece and the marks, this piece appears to be pre-1800's from either Central Europe or the Papal State. Gram Weight: 73.0 Grams. 925 Sterling Silver, Gold Wash. Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 33.0, not including the drop of the pendant. The pendant measures 2.9" long, 2.45" wide, and 0.53 at the deepest point.Closure/Clasp Type: The leather cord is meant to be tied in a knot. Pendant Type: Sash Buckle Drop Pendant.
Notable Features: This piece was handmade during the Georgian era. The pendant itself was made as a sash buckle out of. The Fleur de Lis design of the pendant is accented by scrolling line and granulated bead accents.The sterling silver has formed a patina over time, giving it a beautiful antique look. Adorning the pendant is a gold washed accent featuring the head of a cherub, what appears to be feathered wings, and more Fleur de Lis accents. The piece comes together in a Neo-classical meets Rococo design, creating a regal feel. The piece features a CW Pickaxe Maker's Mark and a Robed Figure assay mark. We were unable to trace the hallmarks, but given the style of the marks and the piece, we think it is from Central Europe or the Papal State.
The leather cord was added to this piece when it was converted into a pendant. The leather cord also adds tot he antique feel of the piece but can be traded out for a traditional chain if desired.
Don't miss your opportunity to own this incredible piece of history. This listing is for the item only. The Georgian era is known for its hand-crafted designs, which were heavily influenced by world exploration. A few signatures of this era were high karat gold, cameos, chatelaine accessories, foil-backed stones, rivière necklaces, memento mori and mourning jewelry, and rose and mine cut diamonds.
While the jewelry from this era began to see designs from all over the world, jewelry from abroad was still very expensive to acquire due to sea travel. Between age and difficulty of acquirement, pieces from the Georgian era are amazing and rare historical finds. Neoclassical jewelry from the late 1700s and early 1800s featured typical shapes and ornamentation which was highly inspired by the classical themes of ancient Greece and ancient Rome. The Neoclassical era took place between 1760 and 1830, with some variation in motifs during the evolution of the style. The late Baroque or Rococo period prevailed in the 18th century.
The period was known for its substantial use of asymmetrical designs, curves, gold, and witty, whimsical themes. Both men and women at court wore sparkling gemstones set in gold during this period, as well as colorless glass pastes and pearls.
Colored gems were often highly foiled behind them to enhance the depth of color. Jewelry was often created with naturalistic, floral designs.
Rococo jewelry also featured embossed and engraved floral and feather designs on metal. Fleur De Lis is French for lily flower and originated in France hundreds of years ago as a motif associated with royalty and nobility; being used in royal emblems, crests, and heraldic coat of arms. The stylized lily has three petals tied together and it is a popular design motif in art, culture, religion, architecture, and jewelry all over the world. The item "Antique Vintage Georgian Sterling Silver Gold Wash Neo Classical Cherub Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, December 30, 2018.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.