lava owl mourning brooch
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A very rare gold mounted,Victorian, owl themed mourning brooch comprising a scrolled gold oval mount with black enamel embellished with gold floral flourishes.
There is a central oval carved lava disc, in 3 dimensional form, of an owls head very intricately detailed.
The reverse of the brooch features a push fit frame with a glass insert behind which a personal photo or memento can be displayed. The brooch secures to the reverse with a hinged pin and hook fastening.
Unmarked but tests as 9ct yellow gold.
Approximate length: 4.5cm/1.75″
Approximate width: 5.5cm/2.2″
The Victorians honoured their dead with elaborate mourning traditions often deeply entwined with outward appearance, and thus, clothing and jewellery. Mourning jewellery came in all shapes, sizes and forms; rings, brooches, pendants, and watches were often decorated with black enamel, jet, agate, or other dark gemstones.
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