Truly stunning hairwork mourning scene brooch circa mid-late 19th century.
Set in a 14k gold frame with a thick beveled glass front. Beneath the glass is a scene done in sepia (hair that is crushed into a paint) and palette work (hair cut into small pieces and used to create elaborate designs).
The brooch depicts a very quintessential mourning scene, including a dramatic, drooping willow tree, a large urn, and what appears to be a skull. The upper left side of the scene looks to portray a flock of birds in flight.
+++ Measurements +++
Approx 1 3/4" x 1 3/8"
+++ Condition +++
Lovely condition overall with minor age-related wear. There are some tiny bits that have come loose inside, but the majority is intact and the brooch presents beautifully.
+++ Please read +++
This item is not new, and as such, it has wear commensurate with age. As with all older vintage and antique items, please handle with care.
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Unless specified, items have not been cleaned.
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