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Mourning Jewelry: MJ147

FABULOUS FRENCH FAMILY TREE ( Antique Victorian Mourning Art Framed Memorial Hair Wreath ): One rarely sees a Victorian Hair Wreath of this quality outside of a museum. (c. 1860-80) It contains various shades of brown hair and the names of nine members of the French Bernard Noblot family on small banners. The wreath contains dozens of beautifully formed roses of all sizes with pearlized bead centers, leaves containing silver beads and complex vines or tree branches made up of tight twists of hair covered with tiny loops of hair. The vines have opal bead tips. The wreath surrounds a cross with the stem of the wreath wrapped around it. Both are covered with hair paste. At the base of the cross is a silver colored silk bow with the banner for “Madame Bernard Noblot” on it. Just above is a large hair rose with the banner for “Monsieur Bernard Noblot” entwined through its leaves. You can see the names of the other extended family members on banners going up the wreath. It is covered by domed Celluloid in an oval black wood frame. It can be displayed by hanging it from the attached ring on the back or placing it in a decorative plate or picture holder. This is a true masterpiece in amazingly good condition. It can form the amazing centerpiece of your collection.

Condition: Excellent. Small tear in old paper covering the back. Every flower and bead is perfectly in place.
Size: Frame 8 1/4” high, 6 3/4” wide, 1 3/4” deep. Wreath compartment 6” high, 4 1/2” wide.

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