This Victorian Tortoiseshell Brooch in the form of a Cherub was hand carved with great skill and shows wonderful detail. The cherubic baby angel holds an urn and was likely a mourning brooch. The skill of the carver is evident not only in the wonderful execution but also in the way the natural tonal coloration of the shell is used to add depth and highlight the hair and the edges of the wings. Each feather and curl is exquisitely detailed. The hand-carved urn is suspended from the base of the Cherub by a ring, urns were a common theme in Victorian mourning Jewels. For more information about Tortoise Shell and Mourning Jewelry see our Identifly Blog Series Installment 2. Please check your state laws regarding Tortoise Shell before Purchasing.
Measurements: Cherub 2.07" x 1.39". Urn 1.64" long.
Materials: Tortoiseshell. Gold filled findings.
Era: circa 1860
Condition: Excellent Antique Condition