Long French Antique Paste Earrings
Although French in origin, this pair of early 19th century earrings was designed in the classic Portuguese style of ribbon bow and pear-shaped drop motif beginning in the late 1600s and becoming one of the leitmotivs of the 1700s.
The articulated four-element configuration resembles the classic pendeloque earring with its elongated outline and extended tear-shaped drop. Although a later but rather fine example of this type of earring, the all-original gleaming white pastes profile the silver settings. Foiled and set closed back, silver was used to complement the whiteness of the pastes. Finely done, the Victorian or Edwardian period lever back ear fittings have replaced the originals.
Although this pair of antique earrings is very long and weighty on the ear, they are comfortable and wearable for an extended time.
Condition: Very good to excellent; a few pastes have a slight hint of golden tones; later but antique lever back ear wires.
Hallmarks: French hallmarks on reverse of bow and another hallmark on ear wire.
Measurements: 3-1/2 inches (8.9 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) at the widest (1.5 cm). This pair of antique earrings has a weight of 24.6 grams (15.8 dwt).
Date & Origin: Early to mid 19th century and is French in origin.