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This is such a wonderful piece- more intricately carved than anything I've had in my years of collecting pre ban elephant ivory. Carving like this is usually from Dieppe.
It is amazing it's held up so well over all this time considering how tiny the stems of the grapevines are.
The piece is a cross which is gracefully entwined with vines, leaves & grapes which are very detailed.. Every vein is present in the leaves & it is a beauty !
The measurements are 3 inches long (including the bail, which you can thread a ribbon or chain through depending on your preference) by 1 & 3/8th inches wide by 1/4 inch deep.
It has 2 flaws I could find under a magnifier- the bail is not perfectly symmetrical on the left side (but doesn't look chipped) & there is one leaf at the top that has an edge broken off.
I really didn't see it until I was looking at it greatly magnified.
It displays beautifully as I show in my last picture & will look fabulous worn.
This sale is for the ivory cross only.
If you are in love with an item but can't afford it in one fell swoop ask me about Lay Away.

Victorian Ivory Cross,Finely Carved, Probably From Dieppe

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Mother of Pearl, Papier Mache
  • Feedback: 107 reviews
  • Ships from United States to select countries.
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