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Antique Banded agate mourning brooch, 9ct gold, hairwork, Black and White enamel

Antique Banded agate mourning brooch, 9ct gold, hairwork, Black and White enamel

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A beautiful, antique Victorian mourning brooch.

Crafted in 9ct gold with a rich aged patina, the brooch is an oval shape with beading and engraving.

The centre is set with a banded agate, a slim white band running around the base of the black / brown stone, bezel set.

The brooch is quite finely engraved and decorated with black and white enamel.

Black enamel was commonly used on mourning jewellery and is said to represent death.

White enamel was used less often and is highly sought after, at one time it symbolised the death of a young loved one, a child or a female that died unmarried or a virgin, the white representing purity and innocence.

To the verso the brooch has an enclosed lock of plaited light brown hair under glazing.

It fastens with an old c type clasp and pin fastener.

Unmarked, tests as 9ct gold, Victorian era, C1870s.

Condition:
Good used condition overall, surface wear and tiny dings commensurate with age and use, some minor enamel loss, glass is slightly loose.

Approx measurements:
1.65" width
1.40" height

Weighs approx 12.60 grams

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