If being locked in quarantine this last year plus has shown me anything, it’s that you have to get out and taste the world when and while you can. I visited the ‘Death Becomes Her’ exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York a few years ago. I made a day of it, walking up from Times Square, popping into boutiques and antique shops on 5th Ave, eating lunch by myself in the window of a noodle shop, watching the hustle and bustle of New York City pass me by. It’s one memory of a million, but it’s a good one and I’m glad that I did it when I could. I plan to do much, much more.
This fantastic brooch would have fit in well at that exhibit on the Art of Mourning, and it also serves as a reminder, that life is short, that we have to get out and do all the things while we can.
Hand crafted in about 1860, this fantastic and substantial memorial brooch is set with a wonderfully hand carved oval cabochon of banded agate, the stone cutter has carved it in the form of an an all-seeing eye. The agate is set into an ornate frame of black enamel which is in wonderfully crisp condition. This brooch has a locket to the reverse which has its original frame and crystal, and it also has a safety catch to see it secure. The brooch measures 45 mm north to south and 58 mm across, it is 18 mm thick from the top of the stone to the pin stem and it weighs 36.3 grams. It would make a marvelous pendant. The large banded age measures 33.6 x 23 mm. This brooch is completely unmarked but tests as 15 karat gold. Made in England.
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Large Victorian Memorial Brooch Pin Banded Agate Black Enamel 15k Gold
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