Today we are delighted to offer for sale a wonderful antique 19th century Victorian gold-filled hair mourning pin!
Victorian mourning jewelry made of a human hair became immensely popular in the 19th century. At a time of rising commercialism, sentimental hair-work became a way both to signal one’s sincerity and, paradoxically, to stay in style. People made wreaths, rings, necklaces and all sorts of pieces out of human hair. One of the most famous guides to doing hair work was published in 1867, called Self-Instructor and the Art of Hair Work. The fashion for human hair mourning jewelry faded by the early 1920’s.
This exquisite brooch is beautifully and intricately crafted and detailed. The piece features an ornate 10K gold-filled oval frame with delicate etched arabesque border, framing a glass-covered center panel inset with a flowing plume design meticulously crafted using brown and light blond hair, on a white ground. The pin presents beautifully and is in good antique condition, with minor wear, tarnish, and patina commensurate with age. The tip of needle is dull. There is a dent on reverse side of center piece. This wonderful piece will make a fine addition to any Victorian mourning jewelry collection, and would make a lovely gift to anyone who is a fan of the odd and macabre. Fresh to the market!
Dimensions: 1-13/16″ in length, 1-1/2″ in width
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