This excellent Victorian mourning Brooch features an inky black Enamel bordered with golden brass detail. The black enamel frames a centre Hair locket which contains dark brown / black hair. The hair has been woven together and is nearly stored within the brooch.
The Victorian Period saw a rise in mourning practices due to its popularity through Queen Victoria, and wearing hair jewelry was seen as a form of carrying one’s sentiments for the deceased.
This brooch is in excellent antique condition and measures approximately 4 cm long x 3.5 cm tall.
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