Victorian Memento Mori Hair Brooch Mourning Jewelry
Prince of Wales curls, fine gold thread and seed pearls encased in a large gold filled frame form this mid 19th century memento mori Victorian hair brooch. Referred to as memento mori, the large brooch has a thick body with the original beveled glass frame and is surrounded by an heavy filigree frame which is closed by a tabular hinge and elongated pin stem. Measuring 2 1/8 inches wide and 1 3/4 inches tall, the hair is set on a mother of pearl background. Extremely well done and quite large for the era!