Antique Victorian 9K Yellow Gold Mourning Brooch with French Hair Art. A most impressive antique mourning/sentimental locket front brooch. Crafted in solid 9K gold, including the pin back and clasp the brooch features a glass compartment containing plaited dark hair with superimposed blonde, in memory of several beloved family members long departed.Dating to the mid Victorian gothic revival era the brooch has a solid gold back polished to a mirror finish with a very sturdy long pin stem, t-hinge and c-clasp. Despite its considerable age it is in the incredible condition that we can expect to see in fine jewelry of a particularly high quality - it could have been made yesterday! A superb example of desirable English antique mourning jewelry of the "grand period" and highly collectible! Mourning jewelry was popular during the Georgian and Victorian times. It served as a touchstone to remember loved ones who had passed away before photographs were readily available. Mourning jewelry was predominately black, but not always.
As in this piece it was sometimes decorated with the deceased's hair or symbolic adornment such as white enamel for a virgin unmarried woman, pearls for infants or different colors for the different stages of grief. This is a lovely example, tastefully decorated and not over-embellished.
MEASUREMENTS: 7/8 inches wide by 1 1/8 inches high. HALLMARKS: None, acid tests as 9K gold. CONDITION: Very good, little discoloration or wear to the gold. The original pin back and hinge are in good working order. The hairwork is still well pillowed with no sign of breakage or deterioration.This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Mourning Jewelry". The seller is "quetzalpapalottl" and is located in this country: US.
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