Palais Royale Empire Era MOP Lady’s Cloak Clasp C.1810. - image 1 of 7

Palais Royale Empire Era MOP Lady’s Cloak Clasp C.1810. This rare, antique jewelry piece is well suited for a lady-of-means as the closure device for her best cloak. And, since decorative fasteners were used to add accent to an otherwise functional garment, this exquisite clasp was surely a gift from a lover.

The two elegant MOP Plaques are octagonally shaped with simple yet sophisticated line cutting at the edges and are supported in back with an octagonal piece of brass metal. Attached by a bolt in the back of each is a cast and gold gilt brass figure of cupid. Cupid holds a bow in one hand and an arrow in the other. Visible also is the top of a quiver that he carries on his back. A garland of flowers flows from one shoulder, around his back and reappears along the opposite side. Two brass loops are also attached to the back of the plaques for fastening with thread to the garment. Fused also to the backside is a brass hook to one plaque and on the other, one of the 5 circular brass rings of the link-chain is fused.

The gold gilt, fully armed cupids wearing flower garlands and set against the refined and delicately etched MOP, allude to the splendor and grandeur of the “Empire Period”. If you love Empire, don’t let this little rare treasure get away!

SIZE: Plaque: 1 1/8” high x 1” wide; Entire Clasp: 3 7/8” wide.

MARKS: None apparent.

CONDITION: Very Good, with all original parts.

Gold, White

JG Gallery

Palais Royale Empire Era MOP Lady’s Cloak Clasp C.1810.


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