This small mourning jewelry pin is unusual with its separately cast and applied flower made possible of either gutta percha or perhaps even heat-molded leather. The flower is mounted by means of a small metal pin which goes through the metal cap which holds it (see detailed photo of pin back and use the magnifying feature). The piece measures 1 1/2” wide and 1/2” tall as it is a horizontally oriented pin. Its pin mechanism is in good working order with a simple hinged pin and a type of “c” clasp. It dates from 1860-80 a time period when wearing black indicated to the world that you were in mourning for a late family member. When you consider the mortality rates not only for adults but children as well in the 19th century it would indicate that there were a lot of women wearing black for years on end. As one moved through the mourning period clothes were lightened to greys and then pale lavender until finally you could wear whatever colors you pleased. This little pin was most likely worn in the mid- to late- stages when its black would contrast with the lighter clothing colors and still be considered a reminder of your loved one. The pin is enameled black over what appears to be a gold-toned metal and has no metal or maker's marks of any kind. It is a very charming little pin and wearable with today's clothing and accessories. Its flower design makes is a particularly desirable addition to a collection as is is not the usual type of pin. Note the nice detail in the petals of the flower. I should also mention that the flower can be rotated on its pin as it is slightly separate from the cup to which it is attached. Interesting piece!


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Mourning Jewelry Pin, Crescent Moon w/Flower and Leaf


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