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    Posted 5 years ago

    Elisabethan
    (282 items)

    Antique high relief shellcameo brooch of medusas head held by Perseus. It has an etched frame and tube hinge. The frame is not in mint condition but the cameo is.

    I posted this in my Instagram (I have an acount for sharing not selling) and a collector told be he/she thought this quite an unusual cameo different from other medusa broches that person had seen. I don´t know if that´s the case as this is my very first cameo.

    Would love coments with ideas and information about this brooch. I have not been able to find any marks.

    More information: There is no signature that I can see, I have looked again. It's a small brooch only 3 x 3,5 cm. The cameo face stands out 1,8 cm from the base of the brooch and 1 cm from the highest part of the metallsetting.

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    Comments

    1. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      Splendid first cameo, Elisabethan.
      This high dome is rather unusual, and the expression is outstanding!
      Sometimes back is faintly etched with a needle for the artist's signature...
    2. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou kyratango that nice to hear. I will examine it again to see what I can find.
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 5 years ago
      Agree with Kyra - it's unusual and beautiful! I only have one good cameo and mine is etched on the back, but still not as interesting as your Medusa. There are cameo experts on CW I hope they chime in.
    4. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Yes thankyou, lets hope so.
      There is no signature that I can see, I have looked again. It's a small brooch only 3 x 3,5 cm. The cameo face stands out 1,8 cm from the base of the brooch and 1 cm from the highest part of the metallsetting.

      Greatful for help.
    5. lentilka11, 5 years ago
      Love it! Once can see the craftmanship!!
    6. davyd286, 5 years ago
      Very nice work. Do I see some tiny marks between the tube hinge and the edge in pic 3?
    7. Rick55 Rick55, 5 years ago
      Such a well-made and striking cameo Elizabeth! I love the backlit first pic!
    8. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou lentilka that nice to hear. Thankyou!

      Davyd thankyou! I don't know if it is, I thought it was marks after the pin. But you're right it could be because it doesn't match the pin. I can't work it out even if it is a mark. That's a pritty.

      Thankyou Rick! I'm glad I did ok with the photo.

      I'm very happy about all the nice coments and love.
    9. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou for loving this post:
      Kyratango, Efesgirl, jscott, caperkid, pops52, martika, blunderbuss2, deltab, manikin, Valentino, vetraio, Racer4four, TassieDevil, lentilka, NevadaBlades, Hunter, ho2cultcha!
    10. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou Sean, melaniej and Onegoodfind!
    11. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou Agram!
    12. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou very much postcardcollector, I'm grateful
    13. celestial04072, 5 years ago
      What a lovely cameo I love it!! ~ I dont mean any disrespect to this site as it's a favorite of mine but perhaps it may be worth you checking out the website cameo heaven & perhaps contacting the person behind it... she's got a lot of great info there including spotting fakes, cleaning, storage & has many high relief cameos in her collection including some Medusa ones. Could also try popping the image into google image search to see if any others come up. Best of Luck & Enjoy your lovely treasure!
    14. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Celestial 04072 thankyou very much! I will have a look at the website you mentioned. Great idea. Thanks again.
    15. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou for love:
      mikelv85
      Mrcolorz
      Rockbat
      Endeeringlyvintage
    16. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou for loving this celestial04072 and Sean!
    17. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou inky and AutoPinback64!
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 5 years ago
      Thankyou bijoucaillouvintage!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      SEASON's GREETINGS to YOU & YOURS ELISABETHAN !!! ! !!!
    20. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou very much Vetraio!!! Merry christmas and happy new year!
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 4 years ago
      HAPPY NEW YEAR ELISABETHAN !!! ! !!!
    22. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou again vetraio :)!
    23. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou CindB for loving this.
    24. cameosleuth cameosleuth, 4 years ago
      She's wonderful! She is carved in helmet shell, using one of the 'horns', which allowed the carver to give her so much dimensionality. The simple T hinge & C clasp + long pin stem suggest this dates back a good way, 1860s - 70s. You can see a few of her sisters here:
      http://cameotimes.com/index.php/profiles-1/minor-gods/medusa
    25. courtenayantiques courtenayantiques, 4 years ago
      Oh my, what a fabulous cameo! This is the nicest I have ever seen, thank-you for sharing this!
    26. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Cameosleuth sorry that I'm so late, only saw it now. Thank you so very much for great information! I am greatful for your nice coment!
    27. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Courteneysantiques thanks!! That's such a nice coment. I'm greatful!
    28. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      I consider this solved as far, but please feel free to add information.
    29. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 4 years ago
      Thankyou ho2cultcha and NanaM for love!
    30. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my post Newfld and Keramikos.

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