Victorian Ivory Hand Cameo Brooch
 
 
  • Materials: Ivory, silver.
  • Sizes: 2 7/8" by 1 3/8" at the largest point (rose and leaves) and 1" at the ruffled wrist.
  • Conditions: Excellent. There is a tiniest stress line on a leaf, the one between the rose and the rose blossom, not visible looking at brooch from the front and barely visible by naked eye even when you know where it is located.
  • Date and origin: Circa 1850, Germany.

This is a Museum Quality carved ivory brooch.  I really did not believe to my eyes when I saw it, one of the most beautiful ivory carving ever seen in all my life. The abundance of details is amazing and the carving is something which leaves you speechless. Look how the rose inside is carved, it is incredible. Look then at the lace ruffled wrist, simply incredible. Then look at the fingers, they are real. All the Victorian spirit is in this brooch. Roses and forget me not's were one of the symbols of the romantic Victorian era. This is a true amazing piece and, as I said above, finding a piece like this in this excellent conditions, is almost a miracle, I'm amazed that it survived almost intact since it was so delicate. This kind of brooches were often used as gift on the Valentine Day or gift for a beloved one as they symbolized love a devotion. On Victorian postcards this subject was often painted.  This is a real great find and a must have for any collector.