Incredible Craftsmanship Early Victorian Hair Work Brooch

Gem Set Love

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We are listing a selection of truly special pieces from our collection of antique mourning jewelry. These wonderful brooches are incredible tokens of love and sentiment that have come down to us through history. This is the perfect opportunity to add a genuinely unique jewel to your collection.

This early Victorian brooch displays incredible craftsmanship. Locks of brunette hair have been hand worked into a bouquet of flowers. The hair work has been preserved between two pieces of swiveling, bevel-edged glass. The glass is held in a gold sheeted bezel and surrounded by a black enameled, gold sheet frame. The elegant frame is embellished with acanthus leaves at the North and South points. The hair work was most likely done in the home by a woman. It was common at this time for women to save the hair of friends and family to be used, eventually, for this purpose. The brooch is secured with a classic Victorian C-clasp. Circa 1840.

The Victorians held great meaning in symbolism and that is reflected in the use of colors and gems in mourning pieces. The black enamel on this brooch represents the deep love and grief felt for the deceased. What an extraordinary and beautiful piece of history.

Details.....The brooch measures 1.97" by 1.56". In Very Good Antique condition for its age. You should always expect some wear on vintage and antique pieces, we consider it part of the charm.

Item number p2185.

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