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Antique Victorian Lava Cameo Brooch

Antique Victorian Lava Cameo Brooch

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A lovely high relief lava cameo with a bust of a woman in a khaki color.  Her hair is upswept and decorated with what appears to be a comb.  The cameo is set in a silver gilt frame with a tube hinge and c-clasp.  

Lava cameos became very popular after the excavations done around the Mt. Vesuvius area.   The most popular was Pompeii.  These cameos were carved from the lava in those areas and were purchased as tourist souvenirs.  It made a Victorian gal very happy to have a lava Cameo from Italy because when worn it showed that she was well travelled.  Many were purchased during Grand Tours of Europe.  

Condition:  In very good condition with some loss or tarnishing of the plating.  The cameo is intact with a small amount of soiling.  There is a small bend in the pinstem, but the pin and hinge work well.  Please see photos.

Product Details

  • Time period: Victorian
  • Materials: Lava cameo, silver gilt metal
  • Measurements: Approx. 1 1/8 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall.
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Markings/Signatures: None
  • Ships quick in 0-1 business days in a jewelry gift box for presentation.
  • *Please note that unlike the other items we sell, these are vintage pieces and should be considered pre-owned. They may have been previously worn and may have wear consistent with vintage jewelry pieces. We do our best to describe materials, probable time periods, any flaws etc. Our website photos are sized for quick surfing. Contact us if you would like larger photos e-mailed to you or if you have any questions before purchasing!*

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