Acknowledgments for a job well done are few and far between. In days past faithful employees sometimes were given an engraved watch in commemoration for years of service.
Here is an example of how an individual was rewarded in 1923 for her valued contribution to the governmental department of road works for the country of Paraguay. Most certainly custom made for the recipient, the 18k yellow gold round pendant features on one side a finely modeled three-dimensional image of the head of a dog with paws extended from underneath its body.
As though hanging from the collar of the dog is an old European cut diamond of an estimated .10 carats. Framing the central display is a band of textured gold and a surround of seventy (70) rose cut diamonds of an estimated total of .35 carats. Masterful craftsmanship and exceedingly fine work are demonstrated especially in the placement of seventy diamonds in such a small space and the canine's sculptural qualities.
The reverse displays wonderful design work in gold with high relief detail of an asymmetrical Rococo design incorporating the hand engraved inscription of “Al Img. E. J. Mai 5 de Julio, 1923”. Surrounding the inscription and hand engraved on a textured surface is “Los Empleados de la Seccion P.Y. Caminos”*. A wire edge rim completes the overall composition.
The quality of such fine work exemplified by this vintage token of appreciation is at a level rarely if ever seen in this day and age.
Note: Translation is "Given to Ima. E.J. Mai on the 5th of July 1923. The Workers of the Department of Roads Section PY (Paraguay)".
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