This is a lovely Victorian hair mourning pin or remembrance brooch. It is a rolled gold 3-dimensional rose flower with brown-red plaited human hair inside. Radiating gold bars emanating from the blossom's center hold the hair in place, allowing it to be viewed.
The lifelike etched detail of the cut stem and leaf below the bloom are fabulous. We can't help but wonder who the person was, whose hair was saved throughout time, in this manner.
This is an unusual form for Victorian hair jewelry. We estimate it to be mid Victorian, from 1850-1860. The gold is not marked, it is likely 12K or 14K rolled gold.
It has a Victorian tube hinge pin stem and non locking c hook clasp.
The brooch is in very good antique condition, there is minor wear to the gold and one small separation of the metal on the edge of a flower petal which does not impact its wearability.
It is a sweet small size at 1-1/16th inches long.
Proud Member of the Vintage Fashion Guild
Item ID: 0674