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This is a wonderfully versatile “Egyptian Revival” scarab pendant – just small enough that it can be worn as a sizeable charm or pendant, and reversible with a design on each side. The front has a gently-domed scarab design which on closer inspection is actually made up of two cartouche flanked by cobras, with the eyes set in a lotus flower. The back of the pendant is concave and filled with four columns of genuine (rather than “artistic”) Egyptian hieroglyphs matching hieroglyphs from Tutankhamun’s cartouche.
The scarab has an “authentic” rather than purely-decorative look and the silver has a beautiful patina, suggesting it dates to the late 1920s or early 1930s – a few years after Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered in 1923. From the marks it is also genuinely Egyptian, made from a lower grade of silver than 925 (sterling). It has not been tested but colour and patina suggest it is 900 purity silver. Though fairly small it is thick and heavy.
Size: 1.9 cm high and 1.4 cm wide (0.75″ by 0.6″) not including the fixed ring.
Weight: 5 grams (0.18 oz).
Marks: Stamped on the fixed ring with a tiny assay mark which appears to be the pre-1946 Egyptian assay mark, used on 700, 800 and 900 purity silver. I belive this pendant is 900 purity, and certainly no less than 800 purity.
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