Antique Victorian 18k yellow gold mounted hand carved pink shell cameo brooch / pin, allegory of day. Depicting the Greek goddess of the dawn Eos, also known as Aurora in Roman mythology. The profile is set against rays of sun behind her, symbolizing the beginning of a new day. Her hair is set in a cascade of curls and crowned with flowers. Represented with a finely rendered eagle, with wings spread wide, and carrying a cornucopia full of flowers. The cameo is exquisitely carved in high relief with strong lines and crisp detail. The shell is perhaps queens conch shell or other light colored shell, with hues of pale pink and white. A very well-carved example mounted in an 18K yellow gold frame embellished with twisted rope braids. The setting is unmarked but tested 18k solid yellow gold. Having a C shaped clasp setting and T-hinged pin. Brooch measures 2 1/4" x 1 7/8". Weighs about 18.3 grams. The brooch is housed protectively in an old presentation box, very likely original to the brooch. Box measures 3 5/8" x 3 3/8" x 1 3/8" height. The box shows wear to the exterior, and has a blue velvet and satin fitted interior. Overall a beautiful piece, the subject matter is lovely and superbly caved. There are a couple of fine tight hairlines or stress lines visible mostly in the back as shown, but no chips or cracks or damage to note.