Early Victorian Gold Hair Memorial Brooch Thistles 15k
Golden thistles and leaves frame this amazing mourning brooch. The inner locket contains hair which is beautifully arrayed using the workmanship of the artist of this time. This kind of work is truly a lost art, but it is showcased here on both sides of the locket, one with a florist and the other with a perfect woven pattern. I believe that this brooch showcases hair from two different people. The center part of this brooch flips so that it can be worn two different ways. The thistle has long been the national flower of Scotland, so while this piece isn’t inscribed it was almost certainly custom made for someone of Scottish nationality and very easily could have been made in Scotland.
The early Victorian brooch is beautifully hand crafted in 15 karat gold, it dates to about 1840. This large and striking piece measures 56.5 mm north to south and 48.5 mm across, it is 15.5 mm thick and weighs 26.2 grams. This piece is not hallmarked but tested as 15 karat gold.
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