An early Victorian amatory brooch. Designed as a Garter and made of 15ct gold set with turquoises. The obverse decorated with engraved scrollwork and a repousse strap end. The reverse set with a glazed compartment containing hair. Circa 1840. Measurements, North to south, just over 1 1/4" ( 3.2 cm ). West to east, just over 7/8" ( 2.3 cm ). Condition, Very Good. The gold has been acid tested as 15ct gold. The garter motif was popular in jewellery of this period. This brooch containing the giver's hair would have been an amatory gift, the garter probably signified a love pledge. For an identical brooch ( set with garnets ) see Jewellery 1789-1910, Shirley Bury, Antique Collectors' Club 1991. Colour plate 76. C.
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