Antique early Victorian turtle shell necklace and earrings, circa 1845


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These wonderful turtle shell earrings and necklace from about 1845 are extremely rare.

The earrings are Gothic in design. This was briefly the height of fashion.

I have never seen another like them. The shell is beautifully patterned light and dark, translucent where light. And the original tops are a plus.

The necklace features a stylised acanthus leaf pendant/brooch hanging from a thick belcher chain of just over 53cm, or 21 inches.

There is no clasp as it would have been joined using a ribbon. (A metal clasp would cause wear over time to the soft shell.)

The shell is also partly translucent here too, though slightly darker than the earrings. There is a beautiful section where the pendant is attached to the chain, and the detail echoes the earring design.

The condition is outstanding. Both earrings and necklace are lustrous and unscratched. It is even possible they have never been worn – they appear pristine.


• Handmade in turtle shell, with gold ear wires

• Necklace approximately 21 inches (53cm) long

• Pendant/brooch approximately 5.8cm (just over 2 1/4 inches wide)

• Earrings approximately 3.1cm long (just over 1 1/4 inches), 2cm at widest point

• Weight of necklace is 53 grams; earrings are 3.2 grams

• In excellent antique condition

• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box

Please examine the photographs carefully – they form part of the description.

I’d be very happy to send more information and images. Layaway available.

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