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Lover’s Eyes: How Eye Miniatures Became the Mood Rings of the Late 1700s

Mourning pendant in memory of Betsy Robinson who died in 1809. With dual hearts, an eternity knot of hair, initials and the sentiment ‘The union of hearts constitutes our happiness’.

Victorian Era Mourning Brooch Pin Hair & Pearl 12K Gold

Portrait Miniatures

Portrait with Braid. These were commissioned by families and friends to commemorate births, weddings, engagements, deaths, and for those going off to war. "Portraiture was the most popular and sought-after form of painting in Britain from the late 16th century until the mid 19th century because British patrons prized, above all, lifelike portraits of themselves, their family, and their friends," says Mark Evans, senior curator of paintings at London's Victoria & Albert Museum

English Mourning Brooch for Three Individuals Including Dr. Thomas Brown, Second Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, 1842-1848 by lisby1, via Flickr

most likely a marriage piece or love token as dogs were symbols of fidelity in that age....note the hairwork in the "circle" the woman is holding. Circa 1790-1820