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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Early exemple of these!

    Gold isn't marked, but the domed wood and leather fitted case, lined in silk satin and velvet, plus the unusual safety stopper are the clues!

    Most were made in Edwardian era, wrongly called "Essex crystals".
    Favorite subjects were animals, wild game or pets, and lots of sporting themed, equestrian or fishing, hunting.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago

    2. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 6 years ago
      I have seen items like this on Flog It and Bargain Hunt (BBC) being mistaken for Essex crystal. This stickpin is beautiful. I wish I had the safety stopper for mine. :-)
    3. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      I would love to see all these TV shows about antiques! In France, the few that existed were very poor...
      When I said wrongly called Essex crystals, it is because William Essex made none! But his enamel buttons or stickpins had the same themes.
      Essex Crystal became now the common appellation though :-/
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 6 years ago
      Wow this is amazing and so complete with the case ! :)
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks Mike, I'm very glad you love it :-)
      Fitted antique cases are always a plus, specially if it bears the retailer or maker mark!
      This isn't the case (!!!) For this one but...
    6. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 6 years ago
      What a neat piece of men's jewelry, thanks for sharing it, kyratango. :)
    7. Agram.m Agram.m, 6 years ago
      I love the stick but also the beautiful box.
    8. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Katherine, thank you so much for your visit and appreciation!

      Marga, thank you! I collected too empty (helas...) antique cases when I found nothing else in my hunts !
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Many thanks to you all 16 lovers!!!
    10. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 6 years ago
      Hey kyra, all these tv shows should be on the internet. Some are great and some not so much. Love the pic on this pin, the case is a treasure !
    11. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Phil, many thanks! I can't acceed to BBC programs on the net (said not available to your country!). Glad you appreciate and love my pin and case :-)

      Many thanks Windwalker and Paul for your loves!
    12. valentino97 valentino97, 6 years ago
      A wonderful item with box! Thanks for sharing the research too.
    13. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thank you so much, Valentino for your appreciation! I love to share infos about special pieces :-)

      Many thanks Betty, Jean and Sean for your loves!
    14. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thank you Nevadablades for loving it :-)
    15. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 6 years ago
    16. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      No Ho2cultcha, eglomisé is not 3D, only painted under glass :-)
      The whole process of making reverse painted crystal intaglios is:
      The precise physical process of the reverse carved intaglio crystal is a long and tedious one. Rock crystal mined in Brazil and Madagascar is cut with diamond saws and then ground to the perfect cabochon. This procedure could take as many as twenty different grades of polish, and the entire process is done by hand. Once the stone is shaped, the design is drawn on the reverse side of the crystal with water color. The image is then etched into the piece of stone with a scribe pencil.

      The engraving begins with handmade soft steel tools. As many as 250 of these tools may be used to execute this process. The crystal is carved with a paste made from a combination of oil and diamond dust. When the image has been completed to the artist’s satisfaction, he begins painting the crystal. Just as in the carving phase, the painting is done in reverse. Sometimes the brushes that are used have only one hair!

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