SOLD Victorian 18kt Gold Ball Earrings in Box
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A beautiful pair of simple earrings from the late Victorian period, c1890s. The earrings are made from 18kt gold and are a hollow construction. They have lovely smooth spheres of gold to the bottom and domes to the top with shepherds hooks fastenings. The gold has a beautiful rich colour and the simplicity of this style makes them very elegant in the ear. As a note, the central little jump rings holding the two balls together are silver. The gold has been tested extensively and the earrings are not gold plated and are solid 18kt gold. Perhaps the two elements have been brought together at a later date (there is a little evidence of gold soldering here and there), though they are an excellent match and the silver is not particularly noticeable.
The earrings came to me in the antique box pictured and will come in this box. The box is marked with Pleasance & Harper, a company that began in 1879 and continues to the present day. Although the earrings fit this box well, I do not think that the two pieces are original to each other.
Materials - 18kt Gold (tested), Silver (central fittings)
Age - C1890s
Size - The bottom sphere measures approx 11mm in diameter. The earrings measure 29mm long from the top of the hook to the bottom of the orb.
Condition - Very good. Silver notes as above, price adjusted accordingly.
Weight - 4.81g the pair