Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge
Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge

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Victorian 1860s 14k 21.97 CTW Micromosaic of The Arch of Constantine in Rome, Italy Commemorating the Battle of Milvian Bridge

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General Information:

  • Total Carat Weight: Minimum of 21.97 ctw
  • Precious Metal Weight: Estimated to be roughly 3.5-4 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: Glass body and inset glass mosaic within 14k yellow gold mounting boasting a wonderful time-earned patina
  • Dimensions: Overall, this piece measures about 26.45 mm north to south x 26.83 mm east to west x 10.47 mm deep, including the cufflink disc to the reverse.
  • Weight: An impressive 7.27 grams
  • Markings: This piece is not marked, but tests for 14k yellow gold.
  • Era: This piece dates to the mid Victorian era, estimated to be from circa 1860 to 1870
  • Buyer Notes:  Prospective buyers, please note that this piece shows nicks, nibbles and wear that is commensurate with its 150-160+ year age and affectionate use, and such wear is considered to be contributive to the charm of this piece as a collectible antique; buyers should expect such wear with pieces of this age and provenance. This single cufflink is a perfect candidate for conversion into a pendant, charm, ring or brooch by the next caretaker. In an effort to maintain and preserve this piece's historic significance, it is offered for sale in its original state as it was acquired by the shop. Please keep in mind that this piece is an antique, and bears nibbles, nicks and wear that are all commensurate with its age and affectionate use.

The Story:

This single cufflink was originally one of a complete set, likely each piece in the set commemorating a different European landmark, and likely acquired by a young socialite on a Grand Tour excursion sometime between 1860 and 1870. It reflects the Archeological Revival styles of the time which surged in popularity as Grand Tour trips were en vogue.

When the construction of the Suez Canal was completed in 1869, archaeological endeavors ensued in the Middle East and Africa and revived interests in Ancient civilizations' aesthetics. Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman Revival styles surged in popularity in Western Europe and America. Likewise, a rising interest in highly decorative and deeply symbolic pieces piqued consumer interests. Such themes rose to prominence especially due to the social-aristocratic Grand Tour trips which were ardently pursued by young socialites from the end of the 18th century through the end of the 19th.

This mosaic was almost certainly purchased as a very special souvenir while on the Grand Tour, and may have been bought unmounted and then custom-mounted by the buyer's jeweler once back home after the trip. It features a handmade glass micro-mosaic on the face. This mosaic is beautifully rendered with excellent sense of spatial depth, architectural detail, geometry and scale. 

The mosaic depicts the Arch of Constantine, which is a triumphant arch located in Rome, Italy, and is dedicated to the Emperor Constantine I, also called Constantine the Great. This arch was built to honor the victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge, which took place in Ponte Milvio, Rome on October 28th in the year 312 AD. One side was led by Constantine I (Roman emperor who reigned from 306 to 337) while the other was led by Maxentius (Roman emperor who reigned from 306 until his death in 312 at the battle), and the result of the battle was the decisive prevail of Christianity under Constantine I, as well as sole control by the victor of the Roman empire in the west.

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