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MJ243

PLUMED SWIVEL BROOCH: This large Victorian Brooch (c. 1870-80) bears 5 glorious plumes of 5 different colored hair – most likely 5 siblings. The plumes are gathered at the base by a band containing 3 tiny seed pearls. They are set on milk glass. On the other side is the photo of a dark haired little girl, probably one of the siblings. Both sides are covered by slightly domed glass. The swivel brooch is set in a rolled gold frame with its original C clasp closure.
Condition: Excellent.
Size: 2 3/8” high, 2 5/8” wide, 1/2” deep.

$225.00

MJ246

SENTIMENTAL EARRINGS: This pair of charming Victorian earrings (c. 1870-80) has plumes of hair in each compartment and each is fully engraved on the back with:

Lewis R. Starkey
Constance M. Starkey
May 5th, 1858


I would guess this is the date that they got married and these are the sentimental mementos of that day. The earrings have fine wire decorated gold frames. They dangle from gold shepherd's hooks for pierced ears. I left the original tag on the back just for fun. I can only speculate why one plume is upside down.

Condition: Very good. Very light weight. The gold wire twists are loose in each.
Size: Total length 1 7/8”. The dangles are 1 3/8 high, 1 1/8” wide, 1/4” deep.

$300.00

MJ248

MOURNING RING: This lovely Mourning Ring is partly my creation, or rather that of my jeweler. This was a Victorian brooch I had her convert into a ring which I could wear. There is a central weave of dark and light brown hair, probably man and wife. The setting is a stunning mixture of gold and black enamel. The beautiful 14 KT gold ring band is one my jeweler found and is my size 6.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Face 1 1/4” wide, 1” high. Band 1/4” wide in back. Ring size 6.

ON LAYAWAY!

MJ250

WOVEN WATCH FOB: It was a common Victorian practice to have the hair of a loved one woven into a gentleman's watch fob, often bearing a token of some sort. They were often sentimental in nature, using the hair of a living spouse, as opposed to that of the deceased. This is an intricately woven Victorian Watch Fob. (c. 1860-70) It varies from a tight spiral to a loose spiral back to a tight spiral. There are engraved gold caps at both ends and a gold link in the center from which hangs a woven hair covered horseshoe – for good luck no doubt. There is a gold chain holding a gold bar at one end to fit through a button hole and a spring latch at the other to hold the watch.

Condition: Excellent.
Size: Total length 11 1/2”. Hair portion 9” long, 1/4 inches in diameter. Horseshoe 3/4” by 5/8”.

$100.00

MJ251

VICTORIAN IMO LOCKET: This small beautifully engraved Gold Locket / Pendant (c. 1880-90) has “IN MEMORY OF” printed in gold on a black enamel loop of belt on the front. The back has lovely patterns of engraving. Inside is a photograph of an elderly white bearded man in one compartment and loops of dark brown hair in the other – obviously not his. Perhaps a photo of a woman's father and hair from her mother? I do know this – the mild wear on the front and back indicate it was worn and well loved by the owner. There is a glass cover over the hair, no cover over the photo. There is a gold ring bale at the top.

Condition: Excellent. (Chain not included)
Size: 1 1/4” high, 1” wide, 9/16” deep.

SOLD!

MJ253

CARNELIAN HAIR PENDANT: Here we have a lovely translucent Carnelian Stone with a central gold framed compartment containing very tightly woven or plaited brunette hair. The Carnelian stone has a decorative gold frame with a silver wire bale at the top

Condition: Excellent. (Chain not included)
Size: 2” high, 1 5/8” wide, 1/4” deep.

$100.00

MJ231

PENDANT of the CROSS ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Hair Cross Pendant ): This is a simple, yet poignant, Victorian Mourning Jewelry Cross. (c. 1870) The cross is made up of 4 table-worked ovals of dark brown hair with gold caps at each end and a gold shield in the center engraved with the initials “MH”. It is most likely a Mourning Memento worn by a woman in memory of her spouse. It has a simple gold ring as its bale.

Condition: Excellent (Chain not included)
Size: 1 7/8” high, 1 1/4” wide, 1/4” deep.

SALE!

$150.00

$75.00

MJ240

GEORGIAN SEPIA PAINTING PENDANT: This gorgeous Georgian Pendant / Brooch (c. 1810-20) is unusually large and unusually crisp and clear in its sepia painting for a 200 year old mourning piece. It portrays a cherub with his bow and sheath of arrows standing upon a plinth. Along side are 2 lovely women dressed in Grecian gowns, one kneeling and one standing, both holding a white dove. They are most likely ready to send two souls on to heaven. The dark portion of the 14 KT gold frame is actually made of valuable cobalt blue glass over foil (see light photo of edge). The painting is covered by domed glass and the solid gold back is also domed. It has it's original C clasp pin back and a large ring bale.

Condition: Excellent. The small lower right curved area that may look like a crack is actually the painting up against the back of the glass. (Chain not included)
Size: 2 3/8” high, 1 7/8” wide, 3/8” deep.

SOLD!

MJ244

MOURNING SCENE PAINTING: This is a German or Austrian small painting (mid-1800's) of what appears to be a large coffin topped by an urn. At one end sits a saddened warrior with shield and spear. At the other end stands a saddened small boy pointing at him. At the bottom are the initials “AS” and a weeping willow tree drapes over the top. Literally translated the words read: “He died in front of frost in the Fatherland.” I would guess that means he froze to death as a warrior for his country. The painting is in a wooden frame and has a glass cover.

Condition: Very good. It appears to be somewhat faded.
Size: 5 1/4” square, 1/2” deep.

SOLD!
 

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