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Mourning Jewelry: MJ122

MOURNING DOVE ( Victorian Pressed Horn Mourning Jewelry Brooch / Pin ): Though Mourning Doves are brown rather than black, the shape of the tail and the plumpness of the body indicate this is a dove rather than a crow or raven. Mourning Doves are named for their mournful cry and thus make an appropriate symbol for mourning jewelry. This was probably worn by a woman in memory of a loved one, but it is masculine enough for a man to wear. (c. 1880-1900) I feel fairly certain it is made from pressed horn, rather than Vulcanite. The latter gets a brownish patina over time and this bird is a very dark black. The molding has great detail – showing every feather, the eye and the beak. I have tried to show how 3-dimensional he is in our photos. There is a C clasp closure on the back. You could wear this in memory of someone or simply as a lovely piece from nature.

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

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