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Large Victorian 18ct Gold & Shell Cameo Brooch of Mother & Child in Original Case



A beautiful, large Neo Classical shell cameo of a mother and child drinking out of a cornucopia with a goat at their feet. The mount is 18ct gold. The case is marked on the silk inside “Harvey and Gore”, a firm of London jewellers established in Aldgate as Alston and Grayhurst in 1723. In 1812 they became Grayhurst and Harvey and moved to 61 Strand.

The firm became Harvey and Gore in 1869, during which time they were based at 126 Regent Street. Since 1952 several generations of the Norman family have been involved with the dealership which exhibited at many of the Grosvenor House fairs. They were based at number 4 Burlington Gardens for several years, including the period during which Mrs Hull Grundy formed the majority of her collection.

This cameo brooch is a lovely example of the art of cameo carving which was originally retailed through their premises.

Written by Olly Gerrish
Date & OriginVictorian (1839-1901), Cameo Italian, gold mount English
MeasurementsCameo in mount height 3 ⅛ in / 7.9 cm
Width 2 ¾ in / 7 cm
Case 4 ¼ in / 10.8 cm by 3 ¾ in / 9.5 cm
ConditionVery good, the catch has been changed for a roll over catch which is safer
HallmarksUnmarked, tested to 18ct gold
Case Harvey and Gore Goldsmiths 126 Regent Street
ProvenanceCameo Italian, gold mount English

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