A very rare hand-painted lover’s eye brooch depicting a woman’s eye with curling tendrils of hair on the left side. This miniature portrait is framed by yellow gold worked in repousse style, and finished with a narrow inner fluted frame. The brooch is English, circa 1820-1840.
Mourning Brooch ("Tear" jewelry), 1800-1830. Made from Ivory, paint, metal, garnet, and glass. 1 x 1 in. Brooch of the mourning "Tear" jewelry type; detail of 1 brown eye and side of face with curling hair; etched frame in gold metal designed as snake swallowing its own tail and with 1 pink garnet eye; glass on obverse is chipped; glass compartment on reverse meant to hold hair (now empty); pin attachment. From the New York Historical Society.