A nice example of Mourning hair work, or memorial jewelry, this brooch showcases three coils of dark hair against a light background, called Palette Work. In this technique, hair is mixed with a sap-like medium, and crafted into shape. Victorians became increasingly elaborate in their designs, and the pieces sometimes took on the quality of a shrine to the deceased. The fastener on the back of ours has a beautiful curve, echoing the design under the convex ovular glass. The length of the pin is ideal for fastening shawls or heavier scarves, or wearing on a lapel. Possibly French in origin dating circa late1800s.
Dimensions: 42 mm L x 36 W, (1.5" x 1.25"), 40 mm pin length
Weight: 10.23 grams
Materials: Base metal, Glass, and Hair
Metal: Base metal
Condition: Very good antique condition.