Antique Victorian Gold Shell Masonic brooch, done by hand with exquisite workmanship. The engraved pattern and Masonic symbol are chased by hand. Chasing is done with a small sharp too and is a technique difficult to master.
Overall measurements are 13/16" by 1" wide and 1/8" thick. Closes with a simple c clasp.
Unmarked, carefully tested, the shell is 14k Gold. The brooch is built as a hollow box, then filled with a different softer metal. This is called Gold Shell.
Overall approximate weight is 8.2 gram.
Very good condition for age and material. The soft nature of the filling has allowed a couple of depressions where pressure is applied when placing the pin on a piece of clothing.
Estimated to date from the 1870's.
This information is intended to help you understand our sizing methods.
Please note many small measurements are in millimeters. It is a Jewelry Industry standard for accuracy.
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Our model's hand is approximately 5" wide or 12 cm as seen in this image:
We measure bracelets based on their wearable length, not the actual length. We do this because chunky bracelets will have a smaller wearable length than the actual length as the thickness of the bracelet reduces the internal measurement. If at any time you would like the actual length and is not in the description, please feel free to contact us.