Victorian Mourning With Human Hair Centre

Unknown Maker
Production date
Circa 1880
Victorian black and gold mourning brooch. Rectangular in shape with a rectangular shaped gold framed glass insert at centre front. Within this glass insert is a woven arrangemnt of human hair. Around the framed glass in gold italic writing " IN. MEMORY. OF" on a black painted background. The entire edge of the brooch has a raised gold decorative design. Reverse side is plain gold with a silver metal pin clasp attachment.
A popular Victorian custom of preserving a lock of hair from a sweetheart or deceased person.
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Production date
Circa 1880
Gold and sliver Metal, Black Paint
Length:27mm Width:35mm Height: 5mm
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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