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Important cameo brooch portrait of Confederate Colonel Randal McGavock, former mayor of Nashville, killed in the Civil War at the Battle of Raymond, Mississippi in 1863. Randal McGavock references in his journals having this cameo made in Rome (“Pen and Sword, the Life and Journals of Randal McGavock” by Herschel Gower). Randal quotes in his journal, “My cameo came in today and I think the artist has succeeded admirably in getting a good likeness.” The cameo is signed in the lower right corner “Saulini F. Roma 1851.” Gold setting tested as 18K. Total weight 23.1 grams. Attributed to the Saulini workshop in Rome. Tommaso Saulini (Italian, 1793-1864) and Luigi Saulini (1819-1883) were master cameo carvers from this workshop established in 1836. Tommaso was a renowned specialist in portraiture, both in hardstone and shell who produced sculptural engravings from his workshop in Via del Babuino in Rome. His son Luigi (1819-1883) engraved the portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and won a medal at the 1862 International Exhibition in London. Excellent condition with slight discoloration to area near ear. 2 3/8″ x 2″. Circa 1851. Lindsley Warden estate.