Victorian hinged hair jewelry, mourning pin, circa 1860-1880. This pin features three distinct woven hair pieces, clearly from three different individuals. The gold pendant features a woven piece of brunette hair surrounded by a very fine detailed rope border and a border of balls on the base. The bevel pin opens to reveal bevel glass on the backside with a woven piece of hairwork and a final piece of hairwork again protected with bevel glass on the base. The pin closes securely and sits flush but does not snap closed. There is no lock or closure mechanism, so it never would have snapped closed. The interior hair piece has a couple of loose strands of hair which can be seen in the photo.
The main condition issues concern the back of the piece which has a replaced modern clasp and an area above the pin that has some roughness which is pictured. There are also some dents on the back as pictured. I am selling this as gold filled, though I suspect this is unmarked gold as the detail of the rope border and ball surround are so fine. I did not test the piece for gold content due to the problems with the back.
A very interesting and unusual hinged hair piece.
Marks: None. Not tested for gold content. Sold as gold filled, but suspect it is gold due to workmanship
Size 1.25 inches
Condition: Hair intact and tightly woven with few loose strands on interior hair piece as pictured. Bevel glass intact and closes securely and is flush with the piece. Fine detailing with rope and ball surround. Back has replaced modern pin and has an area of roughness as pictured with a few dents on back as shown.
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