Grandfather Horace

Antique Berlocke with Intaglio of Horace, Petschaft with Gem around 1830

"Horace, cut in carniol, v. Grandfather Hilbig" we read in iron gall ink on the already slightly faded slip of paper firmly knotted to the piece of jewellery here. A pendant of thickly gilded tombac bearing an engraved portrait on its underside. It gleams orange-red and shows - apparently - the ancient poet Horace. The jewel is a berlocke, a jewel that was worn on a watch chain and in this form could also be used for sealing. So grandfather Hilbig obviously counted big on the ancient poet that he even wanted to seal his mail with his portrait and send it on its way. For the author of such famous quotations as "Semel emissum volat inrevocabile verbum." - "Once uttered, a word flies irrevocably away" surely not a bad task. The intaglio is engraved in a carnelian triplet. Here, two layers of transparent glass are glued on and under a disc of carnelian, so that the seal stone shimmers reddish like a real carnelian, but could be made with less material. The setting of gold-plated tombac corresponds to this. Thus the berlocke shows not only through its shape but also through its material that the piece of jewellery was created in a time of scarcity, shortly after the Napoleonic Wars. Possibly also for this reason and in memory of this terrible time, Horace was the right reference, with his eternally valid request: "Carpe Diem" - "Seize the day".

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