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Posted 3 years ago

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miKKoChris…
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I found this old mourning brooch in a flea market. I have no provenance for it, and I do not know its exact age. I am very ignorant of jewelry, so my opinion is offered tentatively! I think that a reasonable date range for its issue might be circa 1860's - very late nineteenth century. The subject of the photo could be a veteran of the Civil War - I do not know. He is a dignified, handsome gentleman, despite the rather 'assertive' whiskers - which were fashionable in those days. Center oval pivots - photo on face, cloth under glass on reverse. No hair or other memorial artifact on the cloth. I think it likely that this originally contained a lock of hair. I have seen a number of Civil War mourning brooches that closely resemble this. Metal is pinchback gold. Can anyone confirm the date range for this article? Thank you!

Pictured with this brooch is a Civil War relic. My elder brother was a soldier many years ago, US Army Special Forces, circa 1970's, and he is a keen student of the American Civil War. He loves to find Civil War relics, and he found this one. I have forgotten the exact name of the article, but he gave it to me when I asked him why so many Civil War wounds resulted in amputations. It is made of lead....God bless our soldiers! miKKo

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  1. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Bellin68 and Manikin!!! miKKo
  2. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    I think the 'cloth' may well be woven hair. Rather than a simple "lock of hair" it has been woven into that backing 'cloth'.
    It's a great collection!
    Thanks for sharing it, Mikko!
  3. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    I too recon the cloth is woven hair .
    This is called mourning jewelry or jewellery
    http://www.hairworksociety.org/
    http://artofmourning.com/
    http://thingsgoneby.com/museum/mourningmuseum.html
  4. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, vetraio50 and ozmarty, for your generous appreciation, for your (always) educated opinions, and for the sources!!! Wonderful! When I presented this item for purchase, I expressed my opinion that the cloth might have been a foundation for hair weaving, but the Seller examined cloth with a jeweler's lens and stated that it was not. I will now revisit this issue with my own glass, and I am downright thrilled with these links to sources on the many manifestations of mourning! Mourning jewelry could get to be a bad habit.

    About the 'shot': my 'Civil War brother' just phoned: it should be a musket ball. He and a companion found it in a field near a 'running battle' - with a Civil War officer's sword, some remnants of a cannon ball, and another handful of these musket balls. About 8 inches underground. Tomorrow, we'll discuss over lunch the SAS helmet Petey has and the SOG knife Bootson has.... Thanks again!!! miKKo
  5. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    I like mournig jewelery I tried to get my wife to collect it , like a few other things trying to get her addicted to collecting like me . Alas no .. she says one collector in the house is enough .Well .... I know she means One collector in the house is one too many!!
  6. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, thank you very much, ozmarty, kerry10456, inky, mrmajestic1, AR8Jason!!! miKKo
  7. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Deanteaks!!!
  8. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, walksoftly, bobbee!!!
  9. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, musikchoo and bratjdd!!!
  10. Bootson Bootson, 2 years ago
    I like the idea of mourning jewelry, I wonder if anyone does anything like that today? I suppose some would think it "odd".

    Lead shot yes, I shot a lot of those as a kid. I bought my first "pistol" at 15 (that was a different time and place), an Italian reproduction of a Colt model 1860 Army.
    If you post the dimension someone will tell you what weapon it was for.
  11. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you, kindly, scottvez!!!
  12. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bootson. Thanks very much for your kind offer to help identify the weapon via dims of musket ball! My elder brother and a friend from Old Texas yesterday estimated that it was approx. 59 caliber, and was designed for a musket. (To be sure of caliber, they said, I should buy a special tool and take measurements in several places, plus weigh the musket ball, but I have not done this.) My brother said that it was unfired. He said it might have been American or British in origin, but that it was definitely from the Civil War - found at site of running Civil War battle with officer's sword and fragments of cannon ball. Both men said that this ball would have caused quite significant tissue damage. Thanks again!!! miKKo
  13. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, lisa!!!
  14. kerry10456 kerry10456, 2 years ago
    Happy 4th MiKKo, thought this needed to be back up top for the holiday. Wish you a safe and happy holiday :-)
  15. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, kerry10456! Many thanks to you for your kind appreciation of these items, and for your very thoughtful and splendid greetings for a Happy Fourth of July! I wish you a splendid observance of the Fourth, sir! miKKo
  16. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, gentlyused4you!!! miKKo
  17. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Deanteaks!!! : )
  18. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Hi miKKo! Well I am sorry I missed this when you first posted. I think I am up to date and then one sneaks through.
    I too believe your cloth is hair. It was my first thought looking at your photos before reading your post.
    On a different note, thank you again for the information download. I am processing it all but not going as fast as I would like. Please know how much I appreciate all your efforts!
  19. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, AR8Jason and Amber Rose!!! : )

    Thanks much for your kind comment, AmberRose. It was my pleasure! Hope you are not out and about too much in this heat. Take care, and happy hunting! miKKo
  20. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    I'm sure too it is hair. The same hair patron you can see on my bracelet placed on this site, the middle photo. Link:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/2421-antique-scottish-pebble-agate-gold-brace
  21. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you kindly, Agram.m!!! I value your expertise and really appreciate your taking the time to consider my brooch! Your mourning bracelet is most beautiful! : )
  22. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Bellin. No, actually I haven't. Perhaps I'll wear it one day soon : )
  23. Kathycat Kathycat, 2 years ago
    Very Nice. Great find
  24. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Hi, Kathycat. Thanks so much! : )
  25. Tlynnie1942 Tlynnie1942, 2 years ago
    Very nice, and I also am sure the back is woven hair. I have seen many of these types of brooches, and yours is in wonderful condition. Thank you for putting a picture of it up. :)
  26. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, Tlynnie1942! : )
  27. miKKoChristmas11 miKKoChristmas11, 2 years ago
    Thank you very much, dollybell!! : )

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