Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani
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Victorian Silver bell earrings attributed to Castellani

A pair of miniature silver bell earrings, circa 1880, attributed to Castellani.

They are a reduced copy of an ancient gold bell found on the Esquiline Hill in Rome in 1873, which entered the Castellani collection of ancient jewellery.

It was described as a charm to ward off the evil eye. The bell was inscribed in Greek : TOI COM MAC IN VNO TET AG MAI, which translates as 'I am enslaved by your eyes'.

Metal: Tests for silver

Length: 4.6cm long drop from Ball top.

Width: diameter Base of Bell 1.2cm x1.1cm

Total Weight: 5.2grms

Condition: small casting hole on the MAC ATM side of one -very hard to see and some mirror dents on TOI VAD.

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