Created in the giardinetti (little gardens) style introduced in the Rococo period of the 18th century, these darling antique earscrews are in exquisite condition, despite substantial age. They certainly date from the early 20th century, being marked Sterling, rather than the later 925, and they're very well made. Abundant detail includes millegrain edges and trim, carefully formed flower petals and swirls to evoke a woven pattern on the tall basket handle. The refined craftsmanship and dainty size, about 3/4" x 3/4", suggest that they're Edwardian or transitional (1905 - 1920). They would have been worn by a young lady, since large jewelry was then considered vulgar on unmarried women in Victorian and Edwardian times. Backs are of early screw type. Provenance is a New England estate.
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