10K Gold Maple Leaf & Woven Hair Mourning Jewelry
This is a gorgeous set of early Victorian, Civil War Mourning Jewelry. A 10K rose gold woven hair pair of earrings comes with its matching ribbon brooch-pin. Suspended from tiny 10K gold maple leaves are two finely interwoven hoops of light brown hair. The hoops of woven hair make up the earrings, which are carefully and intricately detailed. The brooch resembles a ribbon tied in the center by another maple leaf. From the central leaf hangs a cross made of hoops and woven hair. At the ends of the cross are gold beaded caps- one of the four is missing- but this does not deter from the beauty and craft of the jewelry. The back of the brooch has the initials MM engraved in beautiful calligraphy. Even the pin that is attached by a lovely tiny link chain has a remarkable curling design that complements the woven look, and intertwining of hair. Given its age and condition this is a rare piece of jewelry to find. The set is completely in original condition, as if unworn through the years. The care that has been given to this set makes it a real treasure, loved and cherished by its original owner. The matching set is delicate and lacey. It complements any romantic evening dress, adding elegance and history. The gold has been acid tested to be 10K yellow gold, although some parts of the chain my be gold filled. The mixture of golds is quite common during this era. The earrings measure 2 1/4" from the top of the hook to the bottom of the hair. The brooch measures 3 inches wide by 2 inches. This is a wonderful pair of antique mourning or Victorian hair jewelry and would grace any collection. Circa 1860; a fine example of jewelry from the mourning tradition that was heightened after the American Civil War.
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