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Mourning Jewelry: MJ052

 

POIGNANT PASSING ( Georgian Mourning Jewelry Pendant ): A story of sadness is evident in this touching mid-Georgian (1782) sepia on ivory pendant. The scene depicts a grief stricken woman in classical dress leaning over an urn and plinth, her shoulders heavy with grief. A delicate veil covers her head but cannot conceal her heartfelt sorrow. A weeping willow tree hangs gently over the mournful scene. Portions of the ground, tree trunk and hanging willow branches are painted with dissolved hair. The image is crisp and clear. The delicate 9KT marquise shaped pendant has a fine gold bead work edging. Inscribed on the back are the words “John Smith, Died August 24, 1782, Aged 54 years”. This pendant was originally a brooch, but has been cleverly converted into a hinged bale pendant at some point in its long history. This is a captivating addition to any collection of mourning jewelry. Condition: Excellent. There are the usual fine surface scratches to the crystal that are not visible to the naked eye. There is a small crack in the crystal at the bottom of the V shape. Since it is over the ground, it does not detract from the piece. The price reflects these tiny signs of age and loving wear. Size: 1 1/2” high (minus bale), 7/8” wide.

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