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Mourning Jewelry: MJ114

DOUBLY DIVINE ( Victorian Jewelry Portrait / Hair Brooch / Pin ): This extravagant Victorian Swivel Brooch is the essence of sheer beauty. Amazing craftsmanship from two artists is exhibited in this portrait and hair work brooch. (c. 1830-50) Probably a sentimental token, the floral bouquet of pansies and forget-me-nots symbolizes “remembrance” and “love” in the Victorian language of flowers. The dark brown hairwork is excellent and crisp. Beneath the hair work ribbons are the initials “C.C” and “F.A”, certainly meant as an affectionate message of love rather than loss. The 18KT rose gold frame is heavy and features lovely chase work. Swivel the marvelous bouquet and a miniature painting on ivory is revealed! The portrait miniature is captivating and eye catching. Hand painted on an ivory base, the regal lady is dressed in the style made famous by Marie Antoinette in the 18th Century. Her hair is a trademark style, piled high with powdered curls, it was known as “coif a la francaise”. Her features are painted in exceptional detail. The background – difficult to capture in a photo – is a soft green and we can tell that her dress is a bolder green with touches of white lace. The glass over both the portrait and the hair bouquet is slightly domed. There is a C clasp closure and an extended pin stem. What a perfect gift for your someone special. This romantic Antique Swivel Brooch conveys a timeless expression of love across the centuries and will become a legacy of love for you to pass on. Museum quality – an exceptional and unusual example of the very best of hair work jewelry! You won’t see this again so don’t let it get away!

Condition: Excellent. Pristine. I don’t see any sign that it was ever worn.
Size: 2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 3/8” deep.

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