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Mourning Jewelry: MJ095

BUCKLE & GARTER KEEPSAKE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Brooch / Pin ): I have never seen this rare and unusual Victorian Mourning Brooch design before. Set in 15-18KT yellow gold, this mourning brooch uses the buckle and garter motif – generally reserved for royalty during Queen Victoria’s reign. Made in England, it may well be a custom made brooch. (c. 1870) The entire circle is filled with immaculate, tightly woven brown hair – as is the drape. The pearls (symbolic of tears) in this majestic pin are all natural pearls in various sizes. The pin back fastens with a C clasp. (There is a mark on the back reading “816” that is unknown to me.) The simplicity of the design and the beauty of the pearls set against the high carat gold color is in many ways a relief from the excessive ornamentation so beloved by the Victorians. The condition and rarity of this Antique Mourning Brooch design make it a highly desirable addition to any sophisticated collector. Truly a beautiful and scarce keepsake that belongs in a collection of Mourning rarities.

Condition: Excellent. One tiny pearl has lost a bit of its iridescent nacre. Not visible to the naked eye.
Size: Garter circle is 1 1/4” in diameter, hair ring is 1/4” wide, lower pearl drop is 7/8” long, 1/4” deep at bottom.


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