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    Posted 8 years ago

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    My Grandmother's Grandfather gave her this brooch. A Northerner from Illinois, he fought in the Civil War on Tennessee battlegrounds. As it wasn't given to his wife nor his daughter, I believe he held onto it with some reservation before he finally gave it away before his death. I have never seen anything like this... Building in the background is more castle or fortress like with a brick fortress wall around. Though it has been boxed up for more than 90 years, it looks to have been smoothed down by touch from another time... Any thoughts anyone?

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    1. racer4four racer4four, 8 years ago
      What an incredible cameo. I have not seen one like that before.
      Hopefully some of the jewellery experts can help out.
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I agree racer. Looks like an old iron smelter & that, to me, is a really strange image for a cameo.
    3. LelandLee, 8 years ago
      Thank you everyone. Idcloisonne's information Was helpful. i researched further with her tip And found another cameo which looks like it was carved by the same hand on as well as on Pinterest.
    4. Maura, 8 years ago
      This is Rebecca on the well. The Holy Bible. Genesis 24 : 1-67 .

    5. Maura, 8 years ago
      sorry..I mean 'at' the well.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      I kind of liked "on the well" better.
    7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 8 years ago
      Idcl, I've been called a lot worse! Probably maybe 4-6 times in the past 24 hrs.
    8. Maura, 8 years ago
      Hi, excuse my english, please, I am dutch. If you Google on "Rebecca at the well cameo" you wil find more cameo's telling the same story in different ways. The lady is wearing 18th century clothing, but also on famous paintings with Bible-subjects figures are wearing clothes of the century the painter himself lived in. Same with cameo's, made in former centuries.
    9. Maura, 8 years ago
      idcloisonne, not rare to me, I know a lot of these cameo's called 'Rebecca at the wall'. The story tells about a servant who is in search of a young woman to marry the son of his master, called Izaak, asking God: "the first woman that wil appear and will ask me : shall I give water to your camels too? Is she the woman I'll have to bring to marry?" No jar is to see but the story tells more than only giving water, she is going to her fathers house to ask him to give the foreigner a place for the night and so on, she has got beautiful jewelry from the foreigner ..and later on she is going to his masters house to marry his son Izaak. For me it is clear but we can ofcourse have a difference of opinion.
    10. Maura, 8 years ago
      the well
    11. LelandLee, 8 years ago
      Cameo C1334 under Carved Shell Italian Cameos on

      Looks like the cameo Maura described
    12. scottvez scottvez, 8 years ago
      The back will help to date this piece.

    13. Maura, 8 years ago
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    15. LelandLee, 8 years ago
      I hope seeing back of this cameo sheds some light for Scott! Thank you
    16. Maura, 8 years ago
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    19. Maura, 8 years ago
      Thank you idcloisonne, and this site, Colletorsweekly, I just discovered, is also great to learn for me! When selling a cameo with a lady and a house or wall, with tree, it is always called Rebecca at the well. Although it can be just a lady and her house. It is called that way, and many cameo-carfers in Italy had to work very quick to earn money so the Rebecca cameo sometimes was made easy and less complicated, like: just a lady and her house.
    20. LelandLee, 8 years ago
      I truly appreciate everyone's assistance, for the leads, information and multitude of resources in solving the origin of my Grandmother's cameo! I look forward to sharing this information with my family.


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