Another sweet hair brooch from mid to late 19th Century England. This oval piece contains an interesting collage, containing pieces of hair, beads and gold thread - creating a design.
The largest portion of the collage is the plumed piece of brown hair known as a "Prince of Wales" feather as it imitated the plume in the hat of Queen Victoria's son Edward. This piece may have been made to commemorate the deceased as was the custom at that time, or simply done as a decorative piece.
The central collage is surrounded by a brass frame with four curled design elements. It closes with an extended c-clasp.
The brooch measures 1 1/4" by 1 1/8". It is in good antique condition except for one small piece of loose hair which is revealed if you shake the brooch.
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