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Antique tortoise shell brooch or watch fob with gold pique inlay
Antique tortoise shell brooch or watch fob with gold pique inlay

 

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Antique tortoise shell brooch or watch fob with gold and silver pique inlay in a finely executed honeycomb and arrow design. It measures 1 and three eights inches across and weighs 8 grams. Excellent original condition. Pique jewelry is no longer being made. Most was done in tortoise shell, made from the hawksbill turtle. Pique (pronounced pee-kay) is a technique of decorating tortoiseshell or ivory with fine inlay of gold or silver. Tortoise shell is a natural thermoplastic. A fine shaft of precious metal can be heated and then pressed into the tortoiseshell. The rod is cut off at the and as the shell cools, it re-hardens and grips the insert tightly. This process is repeated to form a pattern. Pique jewelry was made from the 1700's to the late 19th century. This item is on display in our gallery at OLD SAYBROOK ANTIQUES CENTER and can be seen by visiting 756 MIDDLESEX AVE OLD SAYBROOK, CT 06475. Open Daily 10am-4pm www.OldSaybrookAntiquesCenter.com

Item 2833:    $575

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