Victorian Large Tortoiseshell Cross & Chain
Enamored with organic materials, tortoiseshell was a natural for jewelry and quite beloved by the Victorian ladies. Here we have a fabulously large tortoiseshell pendant crafted in the form of the “cross fleury”. Representing faith, wisdom and charity in the heraldic tradition, this “trinity” of ideas was a motif often utilized in the Victorian age. Each limb of the cruciform traditionally ends in a floral or fleur-de-lys shape. Luscious shades of brown and caramel swirl about within the translucent organic form. The link chain and original hook are also made of the natural tortoiseshell.
Measurements: Chain is 10-5/8 inches (27.2 cm) on each side when worn with a total length of 20 inches (54.4 cm). Cross with top "O" fitting is 5 inches (12.5 cm) in length. Weight of 42.9 grams (27.6 dwt).
Condition: Excellent; a bit of tiny chipping to a few edges; general light wear as expected with age and use.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is most likely English in origin.
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