Antique Etruscan Revival double rams head and Roman coin brooch in gold and silver


A wonderful antique double rams head and Roman coin piece, possibly of Italian origin, c1900

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A rare and pleasing piece of antique Etruscan Revival jewellery, having been wonderfully crafted with a ram’s head to either side of a mounted silver coin. It is most likely Italian in origin and the quality of the piece really leaps out at you. The realistic detailing on the rams heads and the way the gold has been laid down over their horns, emphasises the ridges in them. The double rings on the necks of the rams are also in gold, as is the first retaining halo in the setting for the coin.

I have been unable to establish what the coin actually is- it is silver and does have age to it. I can see Latin words down the left and right sides with additional roman numerals down the right, but I have not taken it from the mount to look at it as I didn’t wish to disturb it. The way it has been mounted, you can also see the verso of the coin, which shows a seated figure with a long lobster-like claw as a hand. It is a heavy, squat and sturdy piece in your hand and I have never seen another like it. Such an impressive thing with detailing of the highest standard.

It measures approx 5.4cm in length by approx 1.9cm wide. A rarity and a beautiful one at that. In excellent condition with some patina remaining. I shall send in a new gift box (not the box in the images ) and by complimentary special delivery within the UK or else by International Tracked and Signed. Thank you.