Essex crystals were originated by William Essex in around 1870. Flawless polished flawless rock-crystal is engraved in intaglio from the back, and painted with a very fine brush, and is usually backed with Mother o' Pearl, as in this example set within a rose-cut diamond and ruby border. How it came to be sold by a jeweller in Liege, Belgium, we shall never know, but it does seem to be in its original case. The subject - a woman riding side-saddle on a chestnut horse - is most unusual. Riding side-saddle, which was more-or-less obligatory for women at least until the 20th century has now had a major revival. Although it looks precarious, I'm assured that the rider is more secure than riding astride. The brooch is approximately one inch: 27 mm in diameter.
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N.Bloom & Son was established by my maternal grandfather in 1912. I have run the business since 1971. I specialise in high-quality old jewellery, mostly late 19th and 20th century, of interesting and unusual design. After having a succession of shops in the West End over forty years, and having a achieved a high reputation and profile with the public, I decided to close my last shop in 2005, and now I trade solely over the internet, or by person-to-person contact with clients. I can be contacted by telephone 020 7629 5060, or from abroad 0044 20 7629 5060 or by email as below. Prices ncludes insured free-of-charge UK/Europe posting for any item, or free-of-charge sending by FedEx world-wide for any item over £500’
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