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Antique Mourning Brooch with Pearls

Antique Mourning Brooch with Pearls


Here is a poignant and beautiful piece of sentimental hair jewelry. This little mourning brooch is a wonderful example of pallet-worked hair. Two flourishes of auburn brown hair lie flat on an iridescent abalone ground. The hair is expertly arranged with a nod to the "prince of wales" style of pallet work. Small decorative hash marks made of hair fill the negative space of the ground. The glass is convex and bubble-like. A halo of creamy seed pearls frames the brooch. On the reverse is a pin with a tube hinge and a unique early type of safety clasp used in Europe's late Victorian era- it's very cool and secure! This excellent, high-quality piece of Victorian hair jewelry demonstrates beautiful craftsmanship. Ready to wear, gift, or collect. 



Size: 1.4in (36mm) wide, 1.2in tall (30mm)

Metal: No hallmarks, tests around 14k gold





This piece is over 100 years old and does show some age-related wear. There is a slight wiggle in the bubble glass however it is secure. Pearls are in overall nice condition with a few small abrasions seen in the photos. Overall a lovely and well preserved piece of Victorian mourning jewelry. 

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An item must be 100 years old or older to be considered antique. This means many antiques may have age-related wear. We chalk it up to character and love it, but it is essential that we fully describe any wear, no matter how minor. Each piece is carefully inspected, tested, and fully described before it lands in the shop.