Georgian Memorial Fichu Pin Woven Hair and Pearls

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This lovely little brooch is a lace pin, also known as a fichu. These tiny, lightweight brooches had the specific task of pinning closed a lace fichu (a type of neck scarf). fichus were fashionable from the early 18th century well into the 19th century.

This sweet memorial pin features a plait of woven hair preserved under bevel edged glass in 15ct gold. The glass is bezel set and framed by gold rope detail. A halo of sawtooth bezel set natural pearls surround the glass. The initials "EL" are exquisitely hand engraved on the back. The brooch is secured with a C-clasp and has an integrated bale if you choose to wear it on a chain. This lovely piece was handcrafted in the late Georgian era, it is in very good condition for its age. Circa 1820.

Sentimental jewels held great meaning in symbolism and that is reflected in the use of colors and gems in mourning pieces. The pearls on this brooch represent the tears shed for the deceased. What an extraordinary and beautiful piece of history.

Details.....The brooch measures 0.71" by 0.81". In Very Good condition for its age. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique pieces, we consider it part of the charm.

Item #N3593