This wonderful Victorian hair brooch is fashioned in a very heavy and substantial 14k mounting weighing 8 grams and measures 1.5” by approximately 1 1/8”. It is an oval brooch with a center glass compartment containing not the usual one or possibly two different pieces of hair but three – blond, brown and reddish. The mounting is engraved. On the back, you are able to see that someone at some point dropped acid on this lovely piece to determine if it is gold. There are other ways to do it that do not show but even though it was done that way it is not seen when being worn. The brooch has the “C” clasp and it appears that the pin (which is not gold) is bent. However, when taking a good look you can see that the middle of pin is rounded upwards because of the compartment and the pin is formed over the central area that is rounded.
This brooch, once belonging to Lydia, would make a wonderful addition to your Victorian or mourning jewelry collection.
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