Antique Stick Pin Featuring Tiny Hardstone Cameo in 10k Gold Setting, Circa 1860.
An antique Victorian era stick pin featuring a tiny hardstone cameo, circa 1860’s. This is a stone cameo–commonly called hardstone–which is essentially, a style of banded agate (as opposed to the more common shell cameos). It is oval and is set in a ten-karat (tested) yellow gold frame with a base metal pin-stem. The frame consists of a thin bezel with decorative beads spaced throughout (some are missing). The cameo measures 9.0 x 6.6 mm; total length of pin, including the cameo, is 2 1/2-inches. I suspect the pin-stem was added at a later date (turn of the century) and the cameo had another function earlier in its life.
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