Today I am selling a beautiful Victorian 14k gold agate mourning brooch. The polished bullseye or banded agate is black with one white stripe going around its edge. The stone is oval and domed, and crimped into a bezel setting. The intricate frame has a twisted wire border around the setting and beyond that a greek key pattern surrounded by black enamel. The back has a glazed compartment or glass covered locket that currently holds an early 20th century photo of a little girl. The frame is not hallmarked but acid tests positive for 14 karat gold. The pin is bent and loose, and difficult to get in and out of the C clasp, but stays closed securely. A 9ct gold safety chain is attached to a loop at the back of the frame for extra security.
CONDITION: Excellent for its age. No chips, cracks, or scratches to the agate. Light scratches to the black enamel but no significant damage. General tarnish to the 14 karat gold. The base of the hinge on the back is a gold filled or brass repair. Unable to open the glazed compartment. As stated in the description above, the pin is bent and loose, and difficult to get in and out of the C clasp. The safety chain is a later addition.
CIRCA: Late Victorian era
MEASUREMENTS: a little over 1 3/8 inches wide and 1 1/8 inches tall; weighs 11 grams