This is an incredible Victorian Whitby Jet mourning brooch.
Circa 1860; a big dramatic piece, made for wear with the voluminous crinoline/crepe clothing of the period; ladies in mourning needed big jewellery and accessories so as not to get lost amongst the dress!
Beautifully hand made by a skilled jet worker, the brooch has incredible depth and is carved with the words IN MEMORY OF around the sloping design; the base has an attractive roped border.
The top has a glazed locket compartment containing hair from the deceased lady.
That lady, we know was called Hannah Peirson, and unusually, her name has been extremely well carved into the back of the brooch!!
Tube hinge, pin and unusual tubular shaped 'c' catch to back.
In good antique condition; the jet has survived incredibly well with no damage that I can see; the only point to note is that I believe the hinge plate has been reattached at some point and there is a small surface hole to jet and some visible glue around the hinge. It is all strong and secure.
Measurements: 2.25" by 2" with a depth of 0.75".
Surely a magnificent piece for any collection of antique Whitby Jet or Victorian mourning jewellery.
Perhaps some research could be done to find out who Hannah Peirson was?
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