Victorian Shell Cameo of Woman
Stately Woman Carved in Shell
|A simple but classic Victorian shell cameo of a woman with long hair tresses and diadem. This cameo is carved in shell and set in a plain yellow gold frame (10 - 11 karat). The detail of the carving is quite nice and the condition very good. There is very slight crazing at the nine to ten o'clock position (very minor).
In the case of our cameo here, the crazing is very minor and has affected the value by approximately 20%. If this cameo did not have any crazing at all, it's price would be approximately $525 .
To protect your cameos from dehydration and crazing, try to store them in a ziplock bag or in a room that has a humidifier. Also, you can gently rub a clear mineral oil on the surface (front and back) of your cameo.....but make sure to use a CLEAR mineral oil so as not to discolor the image.
You can also see that the frame is of simple construction and the pin has a traditional Victorian "C" clasp.
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