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Mourning Jewelry: MJ034

FAMILY HISTORY KEEPSAKE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Brooch ): "Few things in this weary world are so delightful as keepsakes. How slight a memorial saves a beloved one from oblivion." (Victorian poem A Lock of Hair, author unknown) I have never seen a brooch quite like this before. How contemporary in design and timeless in expression. Enclosed under glass are three different braided colors of hair. (c. 1879 - 1890) Perhaps this is a family history to be passed down from one generation to the next - a valued and sacred heirloom of those gone before. The sleek frame of the brooch is onyx and the window surround and tube hinge pinback are marked 14KT gold. There is a safety slide on the pin stem. Looking at the colors of this hair braid, you can understand why Victorians referred to hairwork as "bright, burnished and glorious". Condition: Excellent. One tiny fleabite to the onyx, not visible to the naked eye. Size: 2 1/2" long, 5/8" high, 1/4" thick.

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