Victorian Pique Dangle Earrings
Pique or the work of inlaid gold and silver into another material (in this case tortoise shell) often dates to the 18th and 19th century. Here, late Victorian pique work earrings are examples of the art in its finest form. Neoclassical in design, both silver and gold are inlaid into every portion of the earrings. In three parts, there is a top mount of circular form, an abstract lyre motif and, in the center, another dangling circular drop.
In excellent condition, these date to circa 1870 and are most likely English in origin. They measure 2-1/2 inches long with the ear wire by 13/16 of an inch at the widest (6.3 cm by 2 cm). With the original ear wires of 15k, the smooth dotted surfaces of the metals refract the light as a counterpoint to the deep natural tortoise shell hues. Circa 1870 - 1880.