Posted 3 years ago
Well this is something that I have acquired via my work. The first question is what it was made of - plastic, bone or ivory. After a search on the internet and a quick squint through my loupe, I discarded bone as there are no small holes and the surface is not rough. I then read that one way to check if it was plastic, or even bone for that matter, was using a hot pin. I tried this with a pin that was red hot and it made no mark and showed absolutely no sign of any effect once the pin was taken away. I tried it a couple times with the same result.
So, question one is - is this test (beyond utilising major chemistry) confirmation that it is ivory? The colour is right (creamy yellow). It is hand carved as there is plenty of evidence when you look through a lense. It is a relatively smooth, almost waxy surface.
Question 2 is, what is it? I have had a look around and it is the same shape and roughly same size as what would be a cameo pendant. But, most of these I have seen are of classical lady subjects, some religious items like angels and the like, but 95% are elegant Victorian ladies. So, why would there be one showing a man and 2 children? Going by the clothing they are wearing my guess on a date would be late 19th century, maybe 1870 - 1890ish? And, am I the only one that thinks the gentleman has a very strong resemblances to Abraham Lincoln?
So, anything you can give me I would appreciate greatly.