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Antique gold filigree dangle earrings, high quality

An unseen quality antique dangle earrings, circa 1880s, 14kt yellow gold, crafted in Holland, refined filigree work, probably designed by Friederichs... A touch of history. Without a doubt this must be the nicest pair of filigree earrings we ever had. Hard to tell exactly when they were made but we think somewhere between 1861 and 1886. We do think so because we found some hallmarks that most probably are from the master goldsmith A.Friederichs, who worked between 1861 and 1886 in Oudenbosch, the Netherlands. Clearly visible we see several motives like the Cornucopia (horn of plenty), bird's feathers and per earring five dangling motives that with some imagination could be hanging birds.

The combination of the quality of the craftmanship, the extraordinary length, the splendour of design, and their prestine condition make these earrings so special. Look and enjoy!

Antique jewelry object group: earrings long hanging

Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe this to be of Dutch origin.

Style: Georgian to Victorian
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Period: ca. 1861 - 1886
(events and facts in 1861 and (events and facts in 1886)

Theme: Cornucopia (horn of plenty) and feathers

Material: 14K bi-color gold (yellow and red)
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Technique: This jewel features a filigree decoration, which is in fact thin gold wire twisted into refined motifs, in this case elegant little balls. You can also notice the use of granulation on this piece. Granulation is a technique where the goldsmith uses very small balls (granules) of metal, which are not soldered to the piece but welded. Both techniques demand very high skills and precision from the maker.

Extra information: In Greek mythology, Amalthea was a goat who raised Zeus on her breast milk, in a cave, on Mount Ida of Crete. Her horn was accidentally broken off by Zeus while playing together. The god Zeus, in remorse, gave her back her horn with supernatural powers, which would give whoever possessed it whatever they wished for. The original depictions were of the goat's horn filled with fruits and flowers: deities, especially Fortuna, were depicted with the horn of plenty. The cornucopia was also a symbol for a woman's fertility. The story is said to be a predecessor of the Unicorn and the Holy Grail stories.

More background information on: filigree

Hallmarks: Difficult to read remains of a hallmark that, what we belief, is from the before mentioned A.Friederichs
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Condition: extremely good condition
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Dimensions: heigth 10.75 cm (4.23 inch)

Weight: 19.20 gram (12.35 dwt)

Reference Nº: 10165-4281

Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry

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Antique gold filigree dangle earrings, high quality
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