This mourning brooch is a real beauty and epitomizes the art of mourning the death of a loved one during the mid-Victorian era. Dates from around 1860, gold filled mount that swivels, enabling the center section to display either side. Back is currently empty (as found) and found has three wonderful curls of dark brown hair on white silk, accented with gold threads and tiny natural seed pearls, representing tears. Could be worn sideways or straight up and down. EXCELLENT condition. Measures roughly 2.75 inches by 3 inches. Note the nice long pin - this tells you this was an early one - old style "c" clasp. A wonderful addition to any collection and the perfect gift for the US Civil War reenactress. This piece was found in the English town of Newark.