An exceptionally fine Mourning brooch, heavy and in 18K gold with enamel & seed pearls. Memento jewelry from the early 1800s like this one survive today only as the treasured heirloom pieces they truly are, and come to market rarely also owing to their status and importance to the families who are fortunate enough to still have such family pieces passed generation to generation. And while we are always slightly put off at the fact that a family's 8th or 9th or 10th generation has decided to part with such treasures, we're always glad to find one to offer to our customers who collect these elegant old pieces. This one is just such a one, and is a stunning and pristine example of the beauty and charm inherent in this type. Seed pearls are always a magnificent touch, and in this case you see them in the monogrammed cartouche. The backside has the glass covered compartment or locket for a lock of hair, though no hair lock is inside it now. It is for us to only imagine the loss these beautiful old jewelry items represent. The piece surely dates between 1820 - 1840, possibly earlier. We've had a few with engraved dates as early as 1818 in this style.
Pristine condition, right down to the original cover glass in this onyx locket. Not a chip, line, crack, loss or restoration to bring at issue, it's one of the prettiest of its kind. Don't miss it - cluster a few of these on your lapel or use as a lavalier or enhancer on a strand of pearls for the most elegant necklace ever. I've seen one of these made up as the pendant on a set of MIKIMOTO pearls, permanently mounted at the brooch pinback mounting points, and it was to die for (no pun intended, of course).