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This gorgeous carved cameo of a pretty woman dates to 1850's....yup, it's Pre-Civil War. I had an expert look at this piece and he dated it to the 1850's. It is such a wonderfully carved piece!

It's rare to have a shell cameo this old! They usually don't make it this long....such a treasure! A true cameo collectors piece!

Condition: There are no cracks or chips in the cameo. BUT the clasp and bale are not original, they have been repaired/replaced. The replaced pin is sharp and sticks out a bit and the bale is a bit crooked...please see pics. The gold mount and cameo are both original...now if it were all original, this would fetch around $1,000. There is also a very slight wiggle to the shell-- to be expected from a piece this age.

Tested to be just under 14K, the expert said that it actually could have been 14K at one time, but over a long stretch of time, depending on its wear, the gold actually tests less (14k is only about 58% gold, the rest alloy)

Circa 1850

Cameo measures 28mm Long by 21.5mm Wide
Pendant measures 29mm wide by 35mm Long with Bale is 43mm Long
Depth is 9mm
Total gram weight is 7.6

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Antique Pre-Civil War Carved Shell Cameo with Swirly Gold Mount Pendant


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Gold, carved shell
  • Only ships within United States.
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