A fabulous 14k gold small antique fichu pin from the Georgian period dated 1822.
These small bar pins were known as "lace pins" and were not just ornamental. They were used to hold something in place-to confine a length of lace at the neckline or at the throat, sometimes to attach drapery at the shoulder. They often had sentimental meaning, and frequently classified as sentimental jewelry or mourning jewelry when they include hair.
This mourning pin features a windowed compartment with beveled glass over loosely woven sandy blonde/light brown hair.
The center is framed with luminous natural seed pearls set in multi prong bezel like settings, the pin has a very gentle curve.
Measures .75" by .5", (that does not include the pin stem) the hair compartment is .5" by .25".
Remarkable antique condition, no damage or visible wear.
This very special piece is engraved with a name 'Fanny Rayment Oct 28 Mar 1822' and what I believe next is ...(?) 44' perhaps her age at death. ?
The Rayment family history I found did not not include records that went back that far though there is information on the Rayment family dating from the mid 1800's.
The pin closes with a C clasp and riveted tube pin stem that exceeds the length of the pin, a testament to its age.
Unmarked, it tested 14k gold, total weight is 2.8 grams.
A wonderful dated example of an antique Georgian lace/mourning pin c1822.
This historic piece can not be discounted.
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