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c. 1870 Victorian Gold Filled Mourning Brooch with Hair Compartment
I am offering an antique early Victorian mourning brooch with a hair compartment. The lid of the hair compartment is hand tooled with a scene of a house, hills, and scroll work. The piece appears to be gold filled due to some loss of the gold finish. Additionally, the actual pin is silver in color, as is the backing It has a C clasp and tubular hinge, which dates it prior to 1878, or so. The underside has denting and scratching. It is actually pushed inward. There is some gaping at the edge where the front and back have separated. Inside the hair compartment, you can see where the lid was soldered in place. The back of the compartment is faintly engraved "A B Barlen" (or something similar). With that said, this piece presents a piece of history--of times when mourning jewelry was fashion as well as a memory of a lost loved one. The imperfections are not particularly visible when one is wearing the piece. The brooch is 1 3/4" x 1 3/8" x 1/4" thick.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: gold and silver, Size: 1 3/4" x 1 3/8"
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