This English Victorian pin holds treasures...a center that's removable to place a locket of hair, and a back 'window' that's the perfect place for a loved one's photo.
Circa 1870, this brooch is made of solid 14K yellow gold with a 10K gold pin on the back (they made the closure pins out of 10K gold to make them stronger for pinning). There's a secure curved ~C~ clasp and a tube hinge.
The work on this pin is just beautiful with overlays of scrollwork, raised bead work and corded gold wire. The center features a cabochon of natural angel skin coral in a star-cut setting. The back has a small loop which can also be attached to a chain to wear as a pendant.
The pin measures 1 5/8 inches across by 1 1/4 inches high by 3/8 inch thick. It weighs 11.3 grams.
We could lift the front center out very gently and the compartment inside has the London maker's paper marking. We didn't lift it out to read the entire thing. We could not figure out how to open the back beveled glass window. Maybe you put the photo in from the front. We did not want to force anything so we leave it to the experts.
Other than light age wear/patina, we see no notable flaws. We didn't polish this as we like to leave the patina as found. Overall, this is in excellent antique condition. It's a solid gold old beauty that still captivates.
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