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Victorian Enameled Mourning Brooch
Period & Mfg Date: Early Victorian, mfg. circa 1841
Condition: Very Good, well loved (minor wear on gold filled edges)
Metal: Gold Filled Brass
Decoration: Enameled front, hand engraved inscriptions on back
Marks: no quality marks, tests to be gold filled
Total Weight: 15.3 grams
Size: ~ 37 x 29 mm
Additional Comments: This classic mourning brooch is very unusual in that it contains braided hair from two people. We've seen very similar enameled memorial brooches but none with the hinged door and separate compartment on the back.
The engraved inscription refers to Elizabeth Turner Butler, died Sept. 5th, 1832, age 55, and John Butler, died Sept.1, 1841, age 71. We can assume that these individuals were most likely man and wife and that the memorial brooch was made for a close relative, probably a child of the couple.
A great addition to any collection of Victorian, Mourning or hair jewelry.
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1841 Enameled Gold Filled Victorian Double Window Mourning Brooch