Circa 1850 this monumental sized antique solid 9ct gold mourning brooch features a locket compartment at the front containing a weave of white blonde hair.
The paleness of the hair colour suggests that it belonged to a child and the sheer size and quality of the brooch tells us that their passing was of great significance to the wearer. Without a doubt the dearly departed was greatly missed and memorialised accordingly.
Gothic Revival in design, a style very fashionable in the 18th & 19th centuries, the brooch features a solid 9ct gold back and pin fitting, the front is decorated in black enamel with repousse rococo flourishes in gold. The oval locket box at the front is set into a gold bezel with the hair weave set behind thick glass.
A thick gauge curved pin stem and heavy duty c-clasp completes this exquisite example of Victorian "grand period" mourning jewellery!
MATERIALS: 9ct gold, acid tested
MEASUREMENTS: 2-7/8" (7cm) wide, 2" (5cm) top to bottom, the hair compartment measures 38x26mm.
WEIGHT: 35 grams
DATE: Victorian, circa 1850
CONDITION: very, very good antique condition with light surface wear as expected in a piece this age, please see photos. Any discoloured areas on the gold are camera reflection and there is no noted loss to the black enamel. The hair weave is still well pillowed with minimal signs of any dust or debris behind the glass and the pin back is in perfect working order.
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