Fine Essex Crystal Yorkie Terrier Dog Stickpin
The golden age of dogs was most certainly that of the Victorian period due to HRH Queen Victoria’s great love of dogs. In fact the type of dog you chose telegraphed your station in life. Quite typically, a huntsman might have a Vizsla or an English Springer Spaniel; a lady preferred a small lap dog as fashion accessory such as a Maltese, Pomeranian or Yorkshire terrier as depicted in this example of an Essex crystal stickpin.
Precision carving and superb painting are clearly displayed in this magnificent Essex crystal with the image of a type of terrier, most likely that of a Yorkie. Amazing three-dimensional rendering and extremely fine detail have enabled a portrait to remain to remain clear and bright after more than one hundred and thirty years. Rendered in hues of charcoal, brown, white, grey and black, the artist has presented his subject with a most loveable and sweet face with ears pricked and focused attention.
Set into an 18k yellow gold stickpin mount with double twisted gold rope borders, the piece is accompanied by its original brown and gold tooled hinged leather box with maroon velvet and silk lining.
Measurements: 2-7/8 inches (7.4 cm) in length by 1/16 of an inch (0.1 cm) in width. Matrix is 13/16 of an inch (2.0 cm) in diameter by 5/16 of an inch (0.8 cm) in depth. This antique stickpin has a weight of 7.2 grams (4.6 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; box has some outer wear to the leather commensurate with age and use.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is English in origin
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