Antique French Day Night Earrings
Day night earrings have the added appeal of two different looks from one pair of earrings. In this example the surmount disc can be detached from the pendant orb and worn separately for a more casual style. These earrings are truly marvelous in a number of aspects
All original, the elements of this earring are constructed of 18k yellow gold embellished with delightfully ornate wire work and faceted garnets with a deep wine hue. A hollow half-orb graced with a crown of repoussé rococo gold work and backed with gold acts as surmount with original back to front ear wires.
A full size sphere (hollow) is decorated with eight (8) faceted garnets and with wonderful intricate swags, trefoil and quatrefoil patterns, scrolling forms and lines. At the apex is an attached “O” fitting through which the ear wire of the surmount is threaded to create an articulated pendant drop. Superb French design is clearly demonstrated in the appearance of an august and rich weighty earring which is wearable and light due to hollow construction.
Date: Circa 1840 - 1850.
Measurements: Totals length of fully assembled earring with ear wire is 1-5/8 inches (4.2 cm) in total length fully assembled and including ear wires by 13/16 of an inch (2.1 cm) in width. Surmount without ear wire is 3/4 of an inch (2 cm) in length by 5/8 of an inch (1.5 cm) in width. Weight of 10.6 grams (6.8 dwt) for the pair.
Hallmarks: French poinçons including eagle's head on ear wires.
Condition: Excellent for their age and type; one garnet on top surmount one garnet is very slightly pushed in as is small orb at very bottom; one tiny dent to front of one surmount – all visible with magnification or with very close inspection.
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