Essex crystal aka reverse carved crystal is made by carving images into the base of rock crystal cabochons and then (carefully) hand painting them. The subtle distortion created by the crystal makes the images beneath appear three dimensional. This usual Victorian pendant with a crisp beaded frame features an Essex crystal with the Harris family crest (a hedgehog and key) encircled by a blue garter with the family's motto "Ubique Patriam Reminisci" which translates from Latin as "To remember your country everywhere". This wonderful piece is modeled in gold and was undoubtably specially commissioned by someone in the Harris family in the late 1800s.
14k gold (tests), rock crystal, new 14k gold chain
1 1/6" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.