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Victorian Reverse Carved Glass Mice Pendant


WHEN WE USED our gemstone tester, we discovered that the domed clear cabochon is GLASS, which we would have never suspected. Normally rock crystal is used for this type of reverse-glass painting, better known as "Essex crystal". But in the late 1800s, someone cheaped out on the materials (maybe?) - a silver frame holds the glass, whereas Essex crystal would normally be mounted in gold. The technique is the same, though: painstaking hand-carving and painting. Look at the blush on that tiny apple! The log's bark! When viewed through the lens, the creatures appear three-dimensional.


  • Materials

    sterling silver, glass, new sterling silver chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1" length including the bale, 5/8" diameter, 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.