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 pin features a delicately painted miniature portrait of a young blonde woman wearing a head scarf and a ruffled dress. She has lovely eyes. The miniature is set in a decorative gold filled frame. The frame has an integrated bale so the pin may also be worn as a pendant. Circa 1850.
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 number a1956.