Victorian ivory wheatsheaf earrings, circa 1850

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Exquisite carving is on show in this pair of ivory wheatsheaf earrings from about 1850.

They are pleasingly three-dimensional, with the ears of wheat on different levels, tied together with a soft ribbon and bow.

The condition is near-pristine despite their delicacy.

They came with a brooch that you can see if you scroll through the images. I’m not charging anything for the brooch, as the quality is crude in comparison with the earrings.

Perhaps a master carver created the earrings, and his apprentice the brooch, as the larger size would have been more forgiving to work with.

It’s worth looking at both to help to appreciate the skill and artistry of the earrings.

They’re probably English, as the carving is so deep and bold, and the ivory creamy in colour.

Similar examples can be seen in Anne Hull Grundy’s bequest to the British Museum.

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• Hand carved in ivory with nine-carat yellow gold ear wires
• Approximately 4.2cm (almost 1 3/4 inches) long, 2cm (just over 3/4 inch) wide
• Weight is 8.2 grams
• In excellent antique condition: the ear hooks are modern replacements
• 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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