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 REGAL MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS ( Victorian Jewelry Shell Cameo Portrait Brooch / Pin ): Portrait Cameos had long been commissioned by royalty and the aristocracy. In the late nineteenth century the newly-wealthy of Victorian society began collecting cameo representations of historical figures, such as Shakespeare, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Dante and contemporary notables including the Romantic poets and novelists. This superb Antique Cameo, hand carved of Black Helmet Shell, is a portrait of Mary Queen of Scots. An oval cameo, set in a 10KT gold mount, it depicts Mary in her elaborate attire. (c. 1870-80) She is wearing a delicately carved ruff and her distinctive cap headpiece. This lovely Elizabethan lady is adorned with gorgeous jewelry – note the wonderful earring and beaded necklaces. Mary is wearing a tiny heart pendant and a cross suspended from a chain, symbols of her faith. She was eventually beheaded in the reign of Elizabeth I. (Mary was born in 1542 and died in 1587.) The 10KT (jeweler tested) bezel set double mount has a clear compartment on the reverse side, containing a curl of reddish blonde hair tied with a pink ribbon on a turquoise fabric backing. The brooch has a C clasp closure and still retains its safety chain. Highly sought after by collectors, this regal and elegant Mary Queen of Scots Cameo Brooch is an unforgettable example of a master carver’s art. Make a space in your jewelry box because this Queen Cameo belongs there! Condition: Excellent. The pin stem may be an early replacement. There are a few tiny surface indentations on the hollow mount at 8:00, but they are barely visible. Size: Just over 2” high, 1 3/4” wide, 3/8” deep.

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