Retailed by Shanks & Co., Moscow c. 1880s
A fine quality silver-topped 14K gold crescent moon pendant / brooch is densely set with sparkling bright white (H-I color, VS clarity) chunky old mine cut diamonds.
Estimated total diamond weight is 3.40 ct
Width 28 mm (1 1/8 in.)
Marked with scratched inventory number 14768. Rare original velvet case is stamped with inscription in French “Magasin Anglais SHANKS & Co Moscou”.
The 20 in. (51 cm) long 14K gold chain was made in Moscow between 1899 and 1908. It is marked with 56 zolotnik Imperial gold standard and maker’s initials.
Weight of the chain is 10.7 grams
James Stuart Shanks, a British citizen (1826 – 1911), owned two jewelry shops in Moscow and was trading under the name ‘SHANKS & CO. Magasin Anglais (English Shop in French)’. Shanks & Co was a prominent jewelry house of the second half of the 19th century. It supplied jewelry and silverwares to the Tsarist court.