An early Victorian mourning brooch. Made of 9ct cased gold. The obverse decorated in black champleve enamel with the words 'IN MEMORY OF ' flanking an onyx ' forget me not ' cameo surrounded by seed pearls. Repousse chased scroll work frame. The reverse set a glazed compartment containing hair and engraved with the inscription; James Edwards Obt 17 Mar: 1841 Aet 46. Measurements, length ( just over) 1 3/4" ( 4.5 cm ), width 1 3/8" ( 3.5 cm ), depth ( about ) 1/2" ( 1.2 cm ). Of the cameo 3/4" ( 1.9 cm ) by 7/16" ( 1.1 cm ). Condition, Good. There is a lose to the reverse of the casing behind the hinge plate which extends as a split to the corner of the frame ( see photograph ). The glass over the hair is cracked ( though stable ). The cameo has a lose to one of the petals of the smaller 'forget me not' and a lose to the end of one of the leaves. The gold casing has been acid tested as 9ct gold. A good decorative example of a popular type of 1830s -40s mourning brooch decorated with repousse work an onyx 'forget me not' cameo and black champleve enamel.
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