Octagonal Bullseye

Gold Filled, Enamel, and Bullseye Agate Mourning Brooch

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  • Regular price $195.00

In the later half of the 19th century, following the death of Prince Albert, mourning jewelry and the Victorian mourning process became even more fashionable than before. This era coincided with the Greek revival craze, and popular motifs from Greek art and jewelry were incorporated into mourning jewelry. This piece features delicate relief work decorated with black enamel taille d'Epargna in stars and a border of Greek keys, or meandros. Set in the center is a black bullseye agate, a common stone in mourning jewelry. Since Victorian mourning etiquette cut across class barriers, many mourning pieces were gold filled, rather than solid gold, to allow people of all social classes to afford to mourn properly.

Details (approximate)

Dimensions: 30mm x 30mm x 15mm

Weight: 10.2g

Materials: Bullseye Agate, Black enamel

Metal: Gold filled

Marks: None

Condition: Very good antique condition. Some typical chipping of the enamel.