Victorian stickpin of a dog in Essex crystal set in an 18K gold frame with a large 9K gold pin that measures 4 1/2" long. Keep your lovely furry companion with you all day. Crystal carvers began with a rock crystal which was then carved and painted in reverse so that the objects appear to float inside the crystal when viewed from the front. The image is then painted in realistic detail. This is known as egliomese.
This specialized minor art form is believed to have started in Europe and was named for
a famous portrait artist named William Essex, a favorite of Queen Victoria. It was even assumed that all such fine miniature portrait works were his, when actually many were the work of others! Nonetheless, the name "Essex crystal" remained!
The diameter of the dog portrait is approximately .38 of an inch and the pin itself is 3 inches long.