Small Classic Elegant Hairwork Brooch with Seed Pearls:

anitque Hairwork Pin with Pearl
Victorian Hair work Brooch
6011

The Pin Brooch is from Atlanta, Georgia and is circa dated 1860. This Civil War pin holds basket woven Dark Blond Hair. The hair work is professionally woven in a very small pattern. There are 31 original Ocean Seed Pearls around the hairwork’s bezel.
Information on Hairwork: "Hair jewelry functioned as a keepsake of the dead and as a memento mori, a reminder that death was an ever-present possibility; the wearer was constantly reminded that she should lead a good life because death could strike without warning. Often a wearer would add more hair pieces to a glass-covered brooch when additional relatives or friends passed away. Hair jewelry was not always worn to commemorate the dead; lovers also wore pieces made from the couple’s hair."
Reference is from HISTORY OF HAIR JEWELRY IN VICTORIAN AMERICA
The size of the brooch is 1 wide and ½ inch tall. The pin is a T-bar style and the clasp is a C-clasp. Insured value as of April 2013 is $1500.00.

Price: $495.00