Property of a Distinguished American Family
GOLD, HARDSTONE, ENAMEL AND DIAMOND COMPACT
The oval-shaped compact featuring a cover of a polychrome enameled Egyptian revival design accented with a carved green hardstone encircled by rose-cut diamonds, the sides applied with black enamel, opening to reveal a powder compartment and mirror, gross weight approximately 35 dwts, one small diamond missing; circa 1925.
In fair condition and in need of significant enamel repair. The case stamped 14K for 14 karat gold and with scratch number 11195. The gold with extensive surface scratches, tarnish, and a couple minor dents, to both the base and interior. The Egyptian revival design appears to be painted on an ivory-colored enamel base layer, topped with clear enamel. Both the ivory-colored base and top coat are chipped, and the clear top coat bears extensive scratches. The black enamel with scratches and several large areas of loss. The carved hardstone is translucent medium-dark green with some dark mottling. The rose-cut diamonds are of decorative quality, with one small diamond missing from one of the two foliate motifs (only visible under very close inspection). The mirror is in good condition, with minor scratches and age spots. The case measuring approximately 2¾ x 1⅜ x ½ inch.
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