This early 19th century brooch has a beautifully translucent piece of banded agate as the background, bezel-set and further anchored by prongs. At the center of the oval stone is a second setting, bezel-set with glass and filled with a lock of medium brown hair. The oval settings are gold-filled, while the prongs are solid gold of an unknown karat. There are two of these prongs missing, but the setting is not at all unstable. The back is fitted with a tubular hinged pin-back and "C" clasp. The inner, glazed compartment is firmly attached to the stone by two tiny brass grommets at the back. There are no signatures or markings. With the exception of the two lost prongs, there are no chips, cracks, breaks, or losses. We estimate that this item was made circa 1840. It is truly an unusual piece.
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