Incredible condition, Georgian Hair Work pendant, held in a crystal locket framed in 15 carat gold circa 1770 -1780.
I'm not sure if this is a mourning or a wedding piece. The hair work picture depicts a dove holding a wreath above 2 urns with a nearby tree with a flaming bush beneath, all symbols of undying love.
The picture is set in a shield shaped cartouche edged in a gold laurel leave trim crested with 2 hair wreaths. The entire piece, picture, background and laurel wreath is worked in different color hair. The reverse holds some form of invitation, possibly to a wedding and snippets of blue silk, possibly from a gown. The invitation requests the honor of and the name David with gold initials JC. The locket has a small padlock also containing 2 wreaths of intertwined hair.
The locket measures 2.25 long by 1.75 across. The drop from the holding ring to the padlock bottom is 4 inches.
Pieces of this quality are getting almost impossible to find these days, especially in this condition.
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