Dating to c.1840-1850, this is an exquisite example of early Victorian sentimental jewelry!
Measuring 1 5/8" x 1 1/2", this brooch represents all that is so wonderful about early Victorian hairwork jewelry. Likely English or American in origin, this brooch has survived over 160 years in pristine condition, and celebrates the love shared by at three different individuals!
This is not a mourning brooch; it has none of the symbols of loss one associates with mourning pieces. Rather, this jewel is a love token, and likely a family memento. The Prince of Wales feather is expertly executed, and each plume is different - one is dark chestnut brown, one light golden brown, and one pale ash blonde! This could represent a mother and her two children, or perhaps a husband, wife and child. As with many love tokens of this era, there is no identification of the people represented, but this piece is truly crafted as a labor of love.
The Prince of Wales plumes are decorated with golden threads crimped into intricate sheaves of wheat and a bouquet as if to to gather the hair into a posy, and three seed pearls are set in the center. All of this intricate work is set against a plaque of milk white glass, topped with its original crystal. The reverse of the brooch is also set with a crystal locket which could hold a photograph of your own loved one, and retains it's original "T and C" clasp.
This jewel is mounted in an exquisite frame of 18k yellow gold (unmarked but tested). The frame is a wonder on its own; ribbons of gold, hand-engraved with delicate scrolls, cross over one another over the foundation - whomever crafted this jewel was an expert lapidary! Best of all, this brooch has survived in absolutely pristine, 100% original condition!
Weighing in at 14.7 grams, this brooch is the perfect size to light up a lapel or sweater. Victorian hair jewelry certainly does not get any prettier than this! If you collect the finest in early sentimental jewelry, this brooch will make a wonderful and highly wearable addition to your collection. This jewel will be shipped in a gift box suitable for giving or storing. Do not miss this romantic token of love; it is priced for quick sale!
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