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GeorgianCarved CoralHorse Head Pin

$1,400

This wonderful late Georgian pin features a beautifully carved coral horse head with bit, reins and frame rendered in 14k yellow gold. The reins are looped to a peg above the gemstone equine, as if it has just been brought in to a stable. Most coral carving from this period was made in Italy and sold as souvenirs to Englishmen on the Grand Tour. If that's the case with this beautiful pin, it may have been made to appeal to English tastes. Then again, maybe not - Italy is certainly not without horses. In fact, horses have their own god in the Roman pantheon of deities: Neptune, god of the sea, is also Neputus Equester, god of horses and patron of horse racing.

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  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), coral

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Excellent

  • Size

    1" length, 5/16" at the widest point

Georgian

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GeorgianEra

17141837

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.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Coral& the Grand Tour

Coral jewelry has been worn as an amulet of protection against ailments and danger since ancient Rome.