Victorian women wore jewelry for more than just decorative purposes. Queen Victoria made mourning jewelry acceptable to wear long after the loss. For years, it was popular to own a lock of a loved one's hair...a way to keep them close. This was usually kept in a special compartment in the back of a piece of jewelry.
This ornate pendant was admired from the front for its beautiful design and application of gold overlays on a brass base. But from the back, a mother had a braided lock of her baby's hair behind a glass window to keep close to her heart.
This pendant has the remains of a pin clasp on the back. You can see the little one inch wisp of braided hair against a painted background behind the glass oval.
The pendant measures 1 1/8 inches across by 2 1/2 inches long with the decorated bail. There's some measure of goldplating on parts of the pendant that gives the piece an overall glow...both a matte finish and a bright shine. Pendant weighs 16.8 grams.
Excellent antique condition. Circa 1880s. If you need a gold-filled chain for this, just ask and we'll gladly include it with the pendant.
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Antique Victorian Ornate Gilded Pendant w/ Baby Hair Window
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