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Victorian Chimera Brooch

Carter dragon and crescent brooch. (J9384)

Dragon and Crescent


A beautifully sculpted chimera (dragon) flying past a crescent moon.  The fantastic beast is richly detailed with finely feathered wings, an intricately scaled serpent's body and a tail that morphs into twisting acanthus leaves.  A small green gem (perhaps an emerald or tourmaline) is set as the creature's eye.  Created by Carter, Howe & Co. in 14kt gold, circa 1890.

Carter dragon and crescent brooch. (J9384)

This brooch is beautifully crafted with the several parts of the jewel securely anchored along the sturdy frame of the crescent moon.  Victorian jewelers often took as much care with the structure and crafting of a jewel as they did with its beauty and design.  Note the sturdy "C" clasp and pin stem which secure the brooch when worn and the chatelaine hook to the right which allows a small watch or pendant to be suspended beneath the jewel.

Close-up of Carter, Howe maker's mark. (J9384)

Carter, Howe & Company (later Carter, Gough) was a maker of beautiful small brooches, elegant cufflinks and other fine jewels during the 19th and early 20th centuries.  The firm's mark, an arrowhead surrounding a small "C", is stamped on the clasp.  To the left of the maker's mark around the side of the clasp "14K" is stamped for the purity of the gold.

Name:  Dragon and Crescent

Cost:  $885

Measurements:  This 14kt gold brooch is 1 1/4" tall by just over 7/8" wide.  It weighs 4.9 grams.


Here are a few more elegant jewels from the past ...

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