Smartly fashioned, this half-mourning brooch boasts Etruscan Revival gold work, blue enameling, and a single seed pearl (indicating a tear of sorrow) on the front, and minutely woven black hair under glass on the reverse. Once the period of deep mourning (2-3 years) was at an end, Victorians were permitted to reintroduce some color into their wardrobes. This signified that while life was going forward for the living, they still held their lost loved one dear.
Dimensions: 35mm (1.25") x 25mm (1")
Weight: 7 grams
Materials: 15K Gold, enamel, seed pearl, hair, glass
Metal: 15K Gold
Marks: "5439", "M? M?", and some sort of insignia, all etched on the surface of the reverse.
Condition: Excellent antique condition