Victorian 18k 9g High Relief Repoussé Cigar Cutter with Mythological Nude Performing Mantle Dance


Victorian 18k 9g High Relief Repoussé Cigar Cutter with Mythological Nude Performing Mantle Dance

Regular price$1,695.00
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General Information:

  • Precious Metal Weight: 5.56 dwt
  • Precious Metal Material: This piece was sold to the shop as 14k yellow gold, but acid tests for 18k yellow gold. It appears to have a semi-worn bloomed gold finish, which produces a very thin top layer of pure gold with a lovely matte appearance. Please read all about the blooming process below.
  • Dimensions: This fob measures about 45.02 mm top to bottom (length), including the ring/bail x 13.20 mm back to front (depth) x 16.36 mm wide when the blade is closed or 26.93 mm wide when the blade is open.
  • Weight: An extraordinary 8.65 grams
  • Markings: Unmarked but tested
  • Era: This construction, stylistic elements and motif, precious metal composition and finish technique all point to sometime between circa 1870 and 1900, at the end of the Victorian era.
  • Buyer Notes: An exceptionally rare and deeply desirable collector's item, this one of a kind cigar cutter hails from the late 19th century and boasts functionality as boldly as it does its aesthetic appeal. This palm-sized masterpiece is a beautifully aesthetic, highly collectible object of virtue, boasting extreme detail and rich symbolism throughout. While a historically utilitarian component, today this piece exists as a treasure of a more opulent era, saturated in lore and stunning artistry alike. 
  • Valuation: No exact comparables bearing the same imagery were found on the open market at the time of research and listing, though a prestigious antique dealer out of Pennsylvania is currently offering a somewhat similar cutter with a dimensional Asian motif for $2,995. Theirs is smaller by about 1/4 inch and is 14k rather than 18k. In sum, this piece a special rarity, with a verbal minimal valuation of about $3,065. This is not a formal, written appraisal but may be assistive to prospective buyers considering an investment.

        The Story:

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        An exceptionally rare and deeply desirable collector's item, this one of a kind cigar cutter hails from the second half of Queen Victoria's reign. This little accessory boasts functionality as boldly as it does its aesthetic appeal, and is a relic of a specific window in history, as it is believed to date to the 1870s at the very earliest. This date coincides with one of the earliest records of a cigar-punching device from 1868, a record established just after the publication of Frederick William Fairholt's 1859 first edition book Tobacco: Its History and Associations, which itself, also describes a similar knife-cutter for cigars.

          Whether a striking statement pendant gracing any chain, or a highly collectible conversation piece added to any collection, this bespoke late Victorian fob is virtually one of a kind, distinct in its appearance, design, condition, symbolism, functionality and rarity. It is as charming as it is useful, as lovely as it is clever, and as special today as the day it was first beheld by its original owner.

          About bloomed gold:

          Enhancing the fob's appearance is its identifiably satiny, the effect of a bloomed gold finish. Blooming is a finishing technique applied to fine jewelry with its origins purported to be in 1853, and its popularity highest between the 1870s and 1890s. In the blooming process, the gold piece is dipped within a mix of muriatic acid, potassium nitrate, salt and water, causing the alloyed components of the gold compound to delicately burn away, leaving a very fine surface layer of pure (24k purity) karat gold. The burning procedure leaves micro-pitting in the surface of the piece, giving it its identifiably soft, subtle textural appearance. The texture achieved is an exceptionally bright, golden and of a matte quality, as pictured.

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