Today I am selling a unique Georgian mourning brooch. It is shaped like a lyre with a raised repousse frame that depicts scrolls and swirls with a gothic feel to it. A horseshoe shaped glazed compartment is in the middle; the beveled glass and gold rim pop out with some difficulty and the only thing in it is an old piece of paper cut to fit the space. It is not hallmarked but acid tests positive for 10 karat gold. The pin, which is a later silver toned replacement, is a little loose but stays securely in the C clasp.
CONDITION: Very good for its age. The glass sinks into the recessed space since it is not secured to the rim, which has a few dents in it from being pried out of the frame. Otherwise, there are no chips or cracks to the glass cover. General tarnish and discoloration to the repousse frame and back. As stated in the description above, the pin is a later silver toned replacement.
CIRCA: Late Georgian era
MEASUREMENTS: a little over 7/8 of an inch wide (not including extended pin) and almost 3/4 of an inch tall; weighs 3.45 grams