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An antique, probably Victorian, french or faux ivory (we think) pierced mourning brooch with central covered recess containing a lock of hair. The central part is surrounded by a wreath in the form of oak leaves and acorns. The oak represents various qualities in Victorian symbolism such as hospitality, stability, strength, honor, eternity, endurance, liberty. It can also represent power, authority or victory and is often seen on military tombs. It is also quite possible that this brooch was crafted by a prisoner of war.
The brooch measures approximately 2.25in from the top to the tip of the wreath and about 1.75in across at its widest.
On the back, there is part of a mount attached, but unfortunately the pin and hinge is missing. We normally would not have included an obviously broken item on our website, but thought that it was so charming and poignant, we wanted to show it to you. Perhaps the mount can be repaired or replaced? The brooch would also benefit from expert cleaning.
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