Rare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair LocketRare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair Locket

A most unusual, rare, late 19th century mourning/memorial brooch.

Large in size with a traditional black enamel front and central oval locket case, containing the hair of the deceased. This then has a border of 25 coral cabochons; typically such a surround would house seed pearls.... I have never seen another with coral.

It is however, quite fitting; typically coral was used by the Victorians and Georgians before them as a protective talisman against evil. It seems a lovely sentiment to send a loved one into the afterlife with this protective memorial to them.

The black enamel front has a lovely scalloped gold outer border, giving a beautiful and traditional finish to this special brooch.

The back of the case is gilt metal that has previously been gold cased; wear to this is entirely commensurate with age & use.

The period pin and catch are possibly antique replacements and are in good working order.

Measurements: 1 6/8" by 1 4/8"

Weight: 15.55gms.

In good antique condition; there is a small sliver of black enamel missing within top right scroll, a tiny old glue spot to right of brooch on black enamel; some natural variation in size/shape of corals.

Please view all the photographs for clear detail of the brooch and its condition.

Item ID: AA-000216


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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: Black / Gold / Coral, Size: 1 6/8" by 1 4/8"

Rare Victorian Black Enamel Mourning Brooch with Coral Hair Locket

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