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Posted 2 years ago

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scottvez
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This Civil War era mourning brooch measures about 2" X 1 1/2" with a small image of a Confederate Officer in the center.

The Confederate officer is wearing a standard Confederate double breasted frock coat. The two hash marks, rank of a 1st Lieutenant, can be seen on the right of his collar. He has a large goatee that hides the other side of the collar, but it should have the same insignia.

The large beveled glass over the image is severely scratched and makes photographing a little tough. The image itself appears to be in excellent condition.

The brooch has seen better days. There is damaged to the front black enamel and the pinback looks to have been originally top to bottom and then resoldered after a break.

Reproduction of these images in any form is not authorized.

scott

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Thought it was Nathan Bedford Forrest at 1st. A real look-alike.
  2. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I agree, the beard/ goatee is similar to what Forrest wore.

    scott
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks harborguy and vetraio.

    scott
  4. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking walksoftly.

    scott
  5. Newtimes Newtimes, 2 years ago
    I like the 'rustic' look of it :-)
  6. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Not me!

    I'd prefer the brooch itself was pristine. The glass scratches give the false impression that the image itself is damaged.

    As with anything condition determines value. This has a fairly good value in present condition, but in pristine condition I could add even more.

    scott
  7. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Glass can be polished. Be a tedious job but can be done. If there is an optical lab in your area that does special lenses, they would surely give you a few of the diff. grades compound. (As a teen, I worked in an optical lab). Main problem is keeping off of the silver.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for the idea-- I'll look into it.

    scott
  9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Glass is no really as hard as most people think. Of course since you do not have a form or saddle of the right curvature, it will be a bit wavy but I'm sure it was originally.
    Bon chance.
  10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    I am going to leave as is for now but thanks again for the input.

    scott
  11. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks packrat and marc.

    scott
  12. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks petey and bratjdd.

    scott
  13. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking antiquesareamazing.

    scott
  14. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks pw and packrat.

    scott
  15. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking tubber.

    scott
  16. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks official, marc, mikko and musik!

    scott
  17. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking bratjdd!

    scott
  18. STLCardinals, 2 years ago
    Mourning broaches traditionally have hair of the deceased somewhere on or within the broach. Will you confirm if that is what the dark material is surrounding picture section of the broach?
  19. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    No hair on the front.

    Go Braves!

    scott
  20. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks bellin-- hope you had a good weekend!

    scott
  21. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks antiquesareamazing.

    scott
  22. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for looking official!

    scott
  23. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Recent post of another Confederate image:

    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/82702-civil-war-confederate-2nd-lt-tintype#comment-307387

    scott
  24. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks tom and tlmbaran.

    scott
  25. scottvez scottvez, 1 year ago
    Thanks again for looking p...!

    scott

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