Dating to c.1835-1845, this transitional late Georgian/early Victorian era mourning brooch is a wonderfully-wearable, high-karat survival!
Measuring 1 5/8" long x 1 1/4" wide, this high-Romantic era brooch boasts a wide, 14k gold frame decorated with six scallop shells in stunning repousee! At the center of the brooch is set a plaque of black enamel topped with an elegant forget-me-not. The flower's leaves and petals are represented by natural silvery seed pearls, with a rose-cut diamond "spark" weighing approx 2 points in the center! The reverse of the brooch is set with a tightly-woven hair token set beneath its original crystal and gold locket frame. The gold is unmarked, but tests to 14k.
This brooch is exquisitely-wrought; the profuse texturing and repousse work is completely intact, as is the enamel and the gem-set forget-me-not! The only sign of alteration is to the "T and C" clasp on the reverse, where an extra tab of gold was added (no later than 1860), and a locking clasp was added c.1920. This is perfectly in keeping with a cherished jewel that has witnessed it's 175th birthday, and the addition of the locking clasp has ensured this brooch's survival into the 21st-century!
Weighing in at 9.09 grams, this brooch lights up whatever you choose to wear it with, and is head-and-shoulders above most examples I have seen on the market! If you collect the finest in early Victorian mourning jewelry, this brooch belongs in your collection! It would also make a wonderful gift for any lady fond of high-Romantic era jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this charming jewel; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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