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Roman Noses on the Subjects of Antique Cameo
by: Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

Hi Shelly and thanks for sharing! Your cameo is very lovely but it is not an antique cameo.

The female subject on the cameo, her pretty face, the hairstyle, her profile, slightly upturned nose, yes, the shape of the subject's nose is one of the easiest ways to tell if the cameo is antique or not. Don't be fooled by the frame! Antique cameo subjects, if you look carefully, have straight roman-shaped noses.

The master works may be signed by the artists, if you are lucky enough to hold one of these cameos in your hand, up to the light, the carvers name may be seen carved into the back of the cameo itself. Here is a masterwork Antique cameo and also on that same page you can find tips on buying antique cameos.

Thanks for sharing, and enjoy your cameo!

best regards
Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

Response to Cameo Hallmark Question
by: Shelley


Thank you so much for your response and for the education! I would love to have you take a look at the piece and let me know what you think after you've seen it.

I can't figure out how to upload pictures here, so I created a link you can follow to pull them up from my online ftp site. Here is the link: (removed)

If you copy and paste this link into your browser, it will take you to the photos of the cameo.

Thank you again for your help and I look forward to hearing your response!



Shell Cameos, Subject, Age and Gold Marks on Mountings
by: Anonymous

Shelley there are basically two types of cameos. Those made from Seashell, such as your one and those made from hard-stones of which agate was the most popular. Hard-stone cameos are more durable and therefore more valuable.

There are lots of questions about your cameo that remain unanswered. Has the cameo been remounted? Or is it the original? The mark you describe on the mount could be the goldsmiths mark, not the actually carver. To get an age date, we need to see the subject. The most valued cameos are 'metamorphic' ones. These include several subjects within one carving.

However, rarity not age determine a cameos value.
Renaissance cameos are more valuable than Roman cameos simply because the Romans made more of them.
So there are lots of of questions that need to be answered in regards the carving before any determination on the gold mark is made. A picture says a thousand words, and a photo of the cameo would help the expert a great deal. Please attach a photo in a follow-up submission if this is possible.

Yvonne Hammouda-Eyre

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