Black-dot paste pendant in silver, circa 1880


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If you look carefully at the central element in this majestic black-dot paste pendant you can see the trophies of love – Cupid’s quiver and a flaming torch topped by a dove.

The shape and elements, the ribbons and the floral sprigs are Rococo, from around the mid-1700s, as is the beautifully worked back.

But the round settings on some of the stones makes me feel this is a late 19th-century rendition of an earlier jewel.

(If any jewellery scholars out there can enlighten me I’d be delighted.)

The large top section is a crown with a fleur-de-lys loop.

This beautiful and large love token would be an asset to any paste collection.


• Handmade in silver set with black-dot paste
• Approximately 8.9m (3 1/2 inches) long, 4.9cm (almost 2 inches) wide
• Weight is 38 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)

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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