Wonderfully detailed 14k yellow gold (slightly pinkish hue) Taille D'Epargne (aka black enamel tracery) tassel pin or pendant with three seed pearl accents. Measures 2-1/2" x 1-1/8". Very detailed vermicelli engraving with a raised half barrel shaped design in the center, riveted on from behind. Two tear drop tassels are cleverly attached by a half round ball and individual chain links that wrap up behind the brooch, and thread forward onto the barrel shaped front, and are actually incorporated into the design. With scroll leaf elements and raised bead work accents. Original tube hinge, pin stem clasp has been replaced. Bail hook at the top so that it can also be worn as a pendant. Weighs 6.3 grams. Unmarked 14K gold, has been carefully tested to determine content and quality. In outstanding extremely well babied condition, including the enamel, circa 1890. Shown worn as a pendant in image, cord NOT included.
Ed and Carolyn Sunday