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Mourning Jewelry: MJ105

TINY TOKEN ( Victorian Mourning / Sentimental Hair Jewelry Pin / Brooch ): This small hairwork knot was given and kept all these years as a pledge of remembrance. (c. 1850-70) The table-worked pin is made of dark blonde hair with 9KT golden caps on each end. There is a C clasp closure on the back. I have two thoughts about a pin as small as this one. It appears that it could actually be a sentimental knot made by hand, at home, by a young lady to share with a treasured friend. Or, as often happened, it could be a mourning piece given after the death of a person who had stated that such mementos be distributed after they were deceased. Some wills actually included a set amount of money to be used to leave behind tiny tokens for the mourners. Death was so common during the Victorian period that many people had numerous tokens left to them to be worn or kept unused in a memorial box with other keepsakes of departed family or friends. Either choice – sentimental or mourning – this “tiny token” was a treasure someone held dear. It has survived all of these years in perfect condition. A dainty reminder of affection.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: 1/2" high, 1 1/4" wide, 3/8” deep.

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