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Ornate interwoven blond braid of hair ~ Victorian Mourning Brooch. Back of brooch is hand engraved 1881.

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HANDMADE HAIRWORK KEEPSAKE ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Brooch ): Preserving the hair of loved ones has been a sentimental custom for centuries. This majestic Victorian Hair Brooch (c. 1870) is probably an example of homemade hairwork produced by an amateur. The loops of blond hair, unstudied and unpretentious, speak clearly of the creator’s emotions and feelings. Most of the ladies “fancy work” manuals gave instructions for making hairwork pieces. In 1876 Mrs. C. S. Jones wrote: “the…

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Fantastic Collection of Coral jewelry from the Eighteenth and Nineteenth century!!

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Victorian Mourning Jewelry (Look at the Monogram at the bottom, Exquisitely Done in Hair too)

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Bracelet

England, c.1785-1786. Engraved gold set with hair, maker unknown

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Antique Garnet and Diamond Brooch, set with a carbuncle suspending smaller cabochons, set with four circular-cut diamonds, rose-cut diamond accents, lg. 1 7/8 in. Victorian or Victorian style.

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Anglo-Saxon disk brooch, ca.early 600s. Probably made in Faversham, it was found at Teynam. Gold, cells inset with garnets and glass, border inlaid with niello

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Brooch, 1754 England, the Victoria & Albert Museum Hair had long been important in sentimental jewellery, but during the 18th century it took on a new prominence. It could now form the centrepiece of a jewel, arranged in complicated motifs or as plain, woven sections. Tiny fragments of hair could even be incorporated into delicate paintings. Some designs were made by professionals, but many women chose to work the hair of loved ones themselves, using gum to secure their creations.

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Eye miniature C. 1820 - Light blue man's miniature eye, hand painted on ivory, set in a yellow gold round pendant mounting, surrounded by wire strung seed pearls.

This magnificent brooch has a basket of flowers ALL made out of multicolor hair. The hairwork is on ivory and the work comes OUT from the background. Fabulous and one of a kind. Inscribed on the back: "Caroline, in remembrance of Henrietta, August 24, 1863"

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