An enigmatic enamel eye in the overall eye shape referred to as a shuttle shape, used only for a few years around 1790-1800 or a touch later.
The enameled eye is surrounded by a row of pearls. It measures 1 1/16 inches long by 9/16 inches high, so is quite petite. It is set into rose gold. The eye is blue, with tiny lashes and detail down to the corner of the eye, and lifelike skin and all. A touch naïve and so personal.
Its condition is good, but not perfect as there are a few surface scratches on the eye. The pearls are a lovely gray green, all appear original although always hard to be certain. The hinge base has had a reinforcement with silver solder.
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