A charming gold filled antique pin from the Georgian period.
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 an oval windowed compartment with very tightly woven hair, the pin has a gentle curvature.
The center hair compartment is framed with a raised and embossed pattern, the recessed area between the inner and outer border is softly textured, the outer edge has a raised line border with eight small beads at the scalloped intervals.
Measures 1" by 5/8", the hair compartment is 9/16" by just under 3/16".
Excellent antique condition, no damage and minimal wear.
It 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 gold filled, total weight is 3 grams.
A wonderful example of an antique Georgian lace/mourning pin c1800-30s.
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