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The use of cameos in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, brooches, and rings is one of the most prolific jewelry motifs used throughout the Victorian Era. Though they pre-date the Victorian era, for the travel-loving Victorians a cameo was a favorite, possibly representing a meaningful souvenir of a Grand European Tour. They were also equally worn between men and women.

Achilles represents the ultimate warrior, seeking glory through his skills as a soldier. He chooses to die on the battlefield, knowing his heroic deeds will be remembered forever, rather than live a long, unremarkable life away from battle. 

Circa 1870, this exceptional gold-filled Archaeological Revival brooch of Achilles is particularly alluring with his Trojan helmet, ostrich feather frame, and carved partial beard. Also, the extremely careful rendering of the layers of shell as colors in his ensemble is just lovely. 


Materials and Features: gold-filled

Age/Origin: Victorian, c. 1870

Measurements: 29.1 grams, 2.25" 

Condition: Excellent condition. Minor age-related wear. 

Please view and inspect any photos closely. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces; please take the age of the piece into account when examining the piece. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.

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