Antique Art Deco Maltese Cross & Crown Carved Shell Cameo Brooch H/M 917 Silver. A fabulous and highly unusual antique shell cameo silver brooch, circa 1920. Hallmarked for Malta, silver fineness 917 parts of 1000 with a letter S. The shell cameo is carved to depict the traditional Maltese Cross with a Crown above it, signifying The Crown Colony of the Island of Malta (as it was until 1964). The style of the silver frame is very typical of the period with a roped outer base, tube hinge pin and'c' catch to fasten.There is also a 2.5 safety chain. In good antique condition; the silver frame is not as straight as it started life and has some nicks to the outer rim (shown in photos). Please view all the photos for clear detail. I have never seen another example of a Maltese Cross shell cameo and was unable to source one online as a comparison. This is a rare brooch. Buyers should read the description in full and study all the photographs (which themselves form part of the description).
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This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewellery\Brooches & Pins". The seller is "darktallulah" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped worldwide.