Antique Ruby Cat Pendant Minaudiere
Dating to the early part of the 20th century, these entrancing cat pendants, purses and minaudieres were traditionally created by Louis Kuppenheim in Pforzeim, Germany. Typically in silver or silver gilt, the most desirable are those set with precious gems with the crème de la crème the ones with the reverse set with gems on the back of the collar. In many sizes from purse size to this pendant size, these treasures are highly sought after for the feline motif and superb aesthetics.
Here is the perfect size to wear as a pendant. Crafted entirely of sterling silver (actually 935 which is slightly higher in content than sterling of 925 minimum), this cat is set with vivid red rubies on both the front and back – the front sports eyes and collar studded with the gems. Opening the compact reveals a hinged compartment with two separate interior areas. A period sterling silver short chain has been added but a longer chain can easily be added as well. Please make note of the curious tail peeking out below the outer perimeter of the rectangle. Meow…
Measurements: 2-1/8 inches (5.8 cm) in length from bale to tail by 1-1/8 inches (2.8 cm) in width. Total length including chain is approximately 6-1/2 inches (16.6 cm). Weight of 61.0 grams (39.2 dwt).
Hallmarks: 935 (better than sterling). Not marked with Kuppenheim's mark but is attributed to him. “Sterling” on the short chain.
Date & Origin: Circa 1900 – 1910 and is German in origin.
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