Antique French Hair Art Memento, Mourning Memorial, Pearls, 18k Gold, in Napoleon III Frame. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent.
We'll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our'Favorites' customers. The mourning icon you see here dates as early as 1840, as late as Napoleon III era c.It's made more in line with the earlier dates, a foil backing and the addition of both seed pearls and slightly larger pearls, 18k gold wires and a cast 18k gold monogram of intricate design. The lock of hair a reddish blond, light brunette, seems likely to be that of a child. Remember no photography before 1838, when Daguerre developed the very first method of photography, and for the most part, no popular photography until later 1860s and beyond. A lock of hair would have been very likely the only remnant and memento of the person who died. The icons in this one include a moon, the reference to celestial destination; seed pearls which represent the tears of the mourner. Very good to excellent condition for age and type.
I can see wear to the brass mat in form of a few dark spots that did not instantly polish, but will likely with a little more elbow grease than I'd applied to it. The backing is not broken, no cracks. There are a few tiny seed pearls missing around the moon, but the 3 larger pearls holding the lock of hair are all intact. Measurements noted on the photos, it is 5" (plus bale) x 4.5" and is.
The oval aperture is 3.25" x 2.75". Frame and piece in total are quite elegant, still. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important!We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replaceable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. _gsrx_vers_631 GS 6.9.8b6 (631). The item "Antique French Hair Art Memento, Mourning Memorial, Pearls, 18k Gold, Napoleon 3" is in sale since Friday, September 14, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Mourning Jewelry". The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.