Renaissance Revival was a popular style during the Victorian period. The majority of this jewelry was created between 1860 and 1910 in work shops in Austria-Hungary.
Austria-Hungary was a constitutional union of the Empire of Austria and the Apostolic Kingdom of Hungary that existed from 1867 to 1918. The pieces they created are beautifully detailed on the front, and often feature equally beautiful detail and whimsical designs on the back. They were as likely to use beautiful art glass "gems" as they were real semi precious stones, in fact it is quite common for a single piece of jewelry to contain both. They constructed these beauties of silver and gilded them lightly with gold, often adding further embellishment with enamel.
A wonderfully classic piece of Austro-Hungarian Jewelry featuring Saint George slaying the dragon, a popular theme in the Victorian period. Atop a background of flowers perches a 3 dimensional rendering of St. George on his horse piercing the dragon with a spear. The pendant/brooch is embellished with bezel set bright blue turquoises and pearls. On the back there are 2 raised bars which are meant for a ribbon to slide thru so it can be worn as a pendant. One of the bars is hallmarked for Austria-Hungary 800 silver. The back of this piece is extensively decorated with hand engraving. The pin back is especially configured to fold down when not being worn as a brooch.
This jewel will arrive in our signature packaging.
Measurements: 70mm long from the top pearl to the bottom of the central dangle and 45mm across, the ribbon slide has a 17mm opening.
Materials: Silver, Turquoise, and pearls.
Condition: There are mere traces of the original enamel left, but otherwise this piece is in good condition.