A stunning, late Victorian mourning brooch, with locket back & an incredible engraving to side, c1890.
Beautifully crafted in 15ct gold (professionally jeweller tested but unmarked) with inset black onyx for mourning & inlaid gold starburst top surround and seed pearl for tears.
The side of the brooch is hand engraved with the following:-
EDWIN ELSWORTH RAWSON DIED SEPT 25th 90.
Incredible engraving, could not be done today, as testified by the working jeweller of 50 years experience I bought this from. See photos to appreciate!
The back has a locket compartment which contains human hair, gold framed with a plastic cover replacing the original glass ( I assume the most important objective to a past owner was to preserve the hair). All left untouched....please see photos.
The tube hinge and pin are base metal, the 'c' catch is gold; all are in good working order.
There is also a 2.25" safety chain attached.
Measurements: 44mm by 15mm.
A wonderful piece for antique mourning jewellery collectors; in 20 years of collecting I have never seen an engraving like this on the narrow side of a brooch.
True testimony to the incredible skill and highly detailed workmanship of the 19th century jeweller.
Please view all the photographs to appreciate the item on offer and its condition.
Box shown in images is for display ONLY and is NOT included in the sale.
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