Antique GOLD Enamel Mourning HAIR
Brooch w/Braided Hair Memento c.1860-70
Victorian Mourning Brooch/Pendant
Enameling and Braided Hair Memento
A Memorial/Mourning, brooch with
original beveled rock crystal front
which holds beneath it, a sentimental
woven reddish brown hair memento.
It is surrounded by an extraordinarily
ornate glossy black enameling with
wonderful hand etched gold scalloping.
I see no damage to the front crystal
nor any enamel losses. Mourning
pins of this type were during the
Georgian/Victorian eras. This one
dates to about c.1860-70.
original antique c-catch, tube hinge
and extended pin stem all in excellent
condition. The safety pin loop and
bale are in place. This could be
used to convert the piece into a
2" long x 1.50" wide.
the largely forgotten craft of hairwork,
practiced widely in nineteenth-century
America, the hair of loved ones--living
and deceased--was woven into jewelry,
wall decorations, and keepsakes.
Rings, bracelets, lockets, and brooches
were set with metalwork or ivory
and painted with rich patterns.
Pocket watches hung from long, woven
hair fobs. Parlor walls were decorated
with elaborate wreaths made of hair
fashioned into twigs and flowers,
often adorned with beads or ribbons.