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Mourning Jewelry: MJ079

HAND OF REMEMBRANCE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Vulcanite Hand Brooch / Pin ): I am pleased to offer a most unusual Antique Vulcanite Mourning Brooch. (c. 1860-70) It is a highly detailed and charming example of a Victorian “hand” brooch. A more circular design than most hand brooches, this one holds a wreath of forget-me-nots. These tiny floral tributes are symbolic of remembrance and love. Notice the tiny fingernails and the high polish on the hand, giving it the appearance of jet. Hands holding flowers and wreathes were common motifs in jewelry, lithography and cemetery iconography. They represented the popular sentiments associated with affection and remembrance. This is a scarce, eye catching example of the Victorian passion for hands of love and loss. The riveted pin back has a C clasp. I like to wear two hand brooches at once – mixing a black hand with an ivory hand for dramatic visual effect. Condition: Very good. A tiny ding on one finger – not visible to the naked eye. A tiny loss on one finger tip, but it is on the edge so it is not visible when the brooch is worn. It is a scarce design so these tiny marks of age are not significant. Size: 2 1/4” wide, 1 5/8” high, 3/8” deep.

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