Magnificent natural baroque pearls highlight this sweet Georgian mourning pin that is is in the form of a leaf. The glass crystal compartment contains remnants of hair and the back contains the inscription "In Memory" with the name obscured by the later addition of a stick pin. The pin tests as 12 carat gold.
Size: 1" wide x 9/16" high plus 1-5/8" additional for stick pin
Age: Late 18th or early 19th century
Marks: "In Memory" and "Jr" with the rest of the name obscured.
Condition: Very good vintage condition for age. The top surface of the brooch is in excellent condition: the pearls are in excellent condition and appear to all be original since the settings conform tightly to their irregular shapes; the settings are in excellent condition; and the glass compartment appears to be original. The back has some scars in the gold where the original pin back and clasp were located. In addition, while the settings are solid gold, it appears that the back was constructed of a thinner sheet of gold over a base metal and this base metal is visible in a few locations on the back at seams along the edges.
Item ID: LK3602
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