Superb 9ct gold and black champleve enamel tiny mourning brooch from the Georgian Era circa 1780.
The oblong lozenge shaped brooch features a locket panel in the center containing dark blond woven hair behind a thick crystal. The hair panel is surrounded by a black enamelled background decorated with gold laurel leaves and the edges are decorated in an embossed pattern.
An incredible amount of workmanship for such a tiny piece, and rather than a lady's brooch this would have originally been worn by a gent on his cravat or necktie.
A decorative little charm perfectly reflecting the memorial designs of the Georgian & Regency era and easily converted into a ring should you wish to do so.
There are no hallmarks which is typical of the period and it tests 9ct gold throughout. Measures: 3/4 inches wide by 1/2 inch (approx. 17x12mm) The pin back has a tube hinge and c-clasp.
Condition is excellent antique with no issues, the enameling is in incredible condition given age! The antique box shown is for display only and not included in purchase.