Here we have a very sentimental and beautiful brooch that dates to the Victorian era. I would attribute it to a mourning piece despite it's curious memento preserved inside. Generally donned in dark morbid hues mourning jewelry was known to be worn as early as 1649.
This pin is a fine example of Victorian sentiment with a double sided locket. One side revealed and the other kept personal and worn close to the heart. The inside holds only the original backing and shows signs that the glass has been pried to remove it's contents. Chipping can be seen along the edges.
The pin is crafted of carved Jet and accented with beautiful seed pearls. They were worn by the Victorians to represent tears. Set in a solid gold frame that tests to be at least 9K it retains it's original pin stick. There is one small chip in the jet.
I am so fascinated by the contents stored inside and have showed it to sever other local antique dealers. I have not tried to remove it for fear of damaging the glass and no one was really sure what to make of it. It may possibly be a water color on fabric but that is just a guess. Done in soft pastels it is easy to see the grain of fabric or paper under magnification. It measures about 1-1/2'' x 1- 1/8''
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