Early Victorian 12K Gold Mourning Brooch, Antique Seed Pearls, Enamel & Hair Art. All items and photos are the express property of Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. No reproduction without prior written consent. We’ll be sending out sale notices and special deals to our’Favorites’ customers. Another of our amazing collection of antique mourning jewelry (slowly working through crates of antique jewelry so please keep coming back to see more as we list). This is an early Victorian all original mourning brooch, dedication engraved on back tells us that the hair inside is from a very beloved Martha Clarke, who died just before Christmas in 1846. We don’t know her age, and we can only hope for her family’s sake she was not a little child. In over 170 years now, she’s likely been largely forgotten, even by the family that might well live on somewhere in the world. Geneology might tell us more, if we had also a birth date, but alas, most of these bits of the past are now no more than poignent collections with a little glimpse at another time, another aesthetic and custom. This one is a spectacular example, however, and one to please even the most sophisticated collector. Nice large size and an eternal circle of seed pearls that represent the tears of the bereaved, the beautifully decorated black enamel and repousee rocailles that border the piece make it a real treasure. Excellent condition for its age, you still see Martha Clarke’s locks in there, tied with their gold thread in the fashion of the French pieces. A superb piece, no losses in the enamel or pearls, no chips or cracks to the old beveled cover glass. Image Hosting by Ruby Lane. Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. We’re easy to deal with. You are very important! Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 – 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replacable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Listing created with eLister 3.1.2 for Macintosh. From Black Magik Software. The item “Early Victorian 12K Gold Mourning Brooch, Antique Seed Pearls, Enamel & Hair Art” is in sale since Sunday, November 20, 2016. This item is in the category “Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches”. The seller is “antiquesuncommontreasure” and is located in San Marcos, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.