Very lovely and rare 19th Century pendant bearing an image of a heavenly angel adorned chalice in the clouds emitting a hemisphere engraved with the intitials: IHS. In high karat gold laminate. Signed initials in bottom right: FT or AT. Back of the medal is blank. Measures 3/4 inch diameter. Condition is mint. Original matte gold finish. Never worn, only saved. Please note this pendant is NOT being sold with a chain. However I do have available for additional purchase new solid 14K gold chains (the one in the photos) - 16 inch one for $90.00 or a 18inch one for $95.00. A wonderful heirloom gift .
The gold content of of this medal and many other 19th Century French ones like it is unusual - to maintain the desired 20-22 karat yellow color, but still have a strong medal, they sandwiched 2 thick outside layers of the high karat gold with a stiffer non-gold metal (what kind I don’t know) in the middle. Similar to England’s Sheffield plate method of sandwiching a layer of copper between 2 outside layers of sterling silver. So, for the life of most people, the outer gold layers should not wear out, but because of the base metal middle layer, it does not pass the acid test for solid gold.
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