"In Memory Of" and engraved on backside 'Margaret & Sarah Woods", this one seems very likely to have been a mourning brooch for 2 daughters. One can never be certain, but the informal and highly personal engraved names on back bring to mind the way a parent would dedicate such an item to their child or children - simple, complete in the first names, and poignant; what more need be said than the name when one evokes all memory of one's child, after all. It is enough. The piece is immaculate, pristine - certainly an heirloom piece handed down for many generations until finally one 9th or 10th generation someone no longer has a connection, sadly, and it has found its way to market. And we're pleased to offer such a beautiful piece of Georgian to early Victorian jewelry, though always find it a big sad to think of the dilution of connection that does happen over time and which allows a family to part with such a personal and emblematic treasure as this one truly is. So, that said, we have an 1820 - 1850 enameled 12K gold brooch of highest quality and condition, still with a locket back and original glass cover but nothing remaining of the locks of hair of Margaret & Sarah. Fitting now as a collector's piece, these are stunning worn in clusters on a jacket lapel, or as lavalier or enhancer on a strand of pearls or even onyx beads. This one is rather unique in that it has that cartouche of carved mother of pearl. An eternal small flower marking the passing of 2 girls. One wonders!
Very good to excellent condition, as noted above. The red hue showing through the glass locket back is only a bit of foil someone has put there. The locket remains bare otherwise and ready for your own addition if you wish to use it thus. We stand by every item of antique or jewelry we sell, and we test all with MIZAR M24 so our gold assessments are accurate. More than 70% of the time, jewelry we buy is advertised at a gold karat different from what we find to be the case. Be sure you know and trust your jewelry dealers, and be sure they also test. No surprises here except good ones!
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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