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Antique 14k Rose Gold Seed Pearls Georgian Hair Mourning 'Lace' Pin
A charming 14k rose gold small 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 a windowed compartment with hair.
The center is framed with natural seed pearls, the pin has a gentle curve.
The final border has prong set purple paste stones with a point at the top so it looks like a star.
Measures .75" by 11/16", (that does not include the pin stem) the hair compartment is 5/16" by 3/16".
It closes with a C clasp and riveted tube long pin stem that exceeds the length of the pin, a testament to its age.
Overall good condition with wear commensurate with age. The hair compartment is quite dark and details of the hair can't be seen and the C catch looks like a replacement.
Unmarked, it tested 14k with acid, total weight is 2.8 grams.
A wonderful example of an antique Georgian lace/mourning pin c1800-30s.
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Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: rose gold, Size: .75" by 11/16"
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