1874 Chilean Peso Brooch
"The majority of enamelled coins are based on the existing design of the original coin. The first task in the production process was to take out all the background of the coin, leaving the letters and pattern in. In some cases the letters and design were even removed. The enamel was then applied in layers, fired and then ground down to enable the colours to come through in varying shades. This process was often done in more than one stage to enable the intricate colours and painted effect to be perfected."
I'm not sure exactly why I'm so taken by this one... it's unusual for sure, and the subject rather striking. The enamelled obverse features an "Andean condor with a claw on the shield and the date below" along with the words POR LA RAZON O LA FUERZA, or "By Reason or Force" and the reverse, with brooch fittings and a pendant loop, "Escutcheon above laurel wreath, ostrich feathers above and the denomination at the bottom". Crafted in .900 grade silver.
Era: Victorian circa 1874
Size: 38mm by 38mm
Condition: Great antique condition
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