RARE UNUSUAL Beautiful Antique Georgian Regency Sentimental Mourning Hair Locket Chalcedony Brooch Pin. Special Occasion. Present Gift. Collector
Georgian Regency, Circa 1820
A Truly FABULOUS Piece!
Would Make a GORGEOUS and UNIQUE GIFT For Someone Special!
A stunning antique Georgian extra large pinchbeck mourning or sentimental locket brooch, with woven blonde hair. The central gallery which contains the hair is encased in rock crystal, this has an attractive beveled edge. The locket is set onto a beautiful piece of chalcedony, again with a beveled edge – this has a wonderful glow to it when it catches the light. I have tried to show this in the pictures, but it is rather difficult to capture.
The lovely scroll design is typical of the regency period, made in pinchbeck, which is beautifully shiny and looks just like real gold. The brooch fastens with a simple C clasp. The elongated pin extends well beyond the frame.
In Georgian and Victorian times, when wealthy people travelled around the country, they were at risk of robbery from highwaymen etc. So, rather than travel with their expensive gold and gemstone jewellery, they had convincing copies made of them from pinchbeck and glass paste. This is highly likely to have been one of those pieces.
Pinchbeck was invented in the 1700’s by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. It is an alloy which is made with a combination of copper and zinc and was an affordable substitute for gold. Gold jewellery was made in 18 carat at that time and it was not until the introduction of 9 carat gold in the mid 1800’s that the popularity of pinchbeck declined.
Fabulously Large Size, Measures just shy of 2″ x 1.5″
or 49mm x 35mm
The pin extends by a further 5mm
A Truly Beautiful and Interesting Piece
In Excellent Condition for 200 or more years old.
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