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Huge silver and black enamel mourning locket with hair work, 1884.

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Posted 2 years ago

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kyratango
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I collected mourning hair pieces for a long time...
This locket sat in a drawer for years, I thought you would enjoy it :-)

It weights 52 grams!!!
Unmarked silver, gently worn on back enamel.
Height with bale: 2.1/2"
Width: 1.1/4"

The two compartments hold a wonderful monogram in hair, dated 30 Octobre 1884, and a nice plaited brown hair panel.

Celiene pointed out there must be something behind the hair work initials! I forgot about it... there is a hinge and another plaited hair panel on the other face :-)

Strange than the initials outside are différents from those inside...
Celiene advised it was the owners ones outside and the deceased's in hair work !

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  1. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
    Very unusual Kyra!!! I've never seen one of these before.
  2. bladerunner22 bladerunner22, 2 years ago
    Beautiful example !
  3. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    Maybe the initials outside are who owns(ed) the piece, and the inside is who they are remembering.
  4. Celiene Celiene, 2 years ago
    The inside of the locket where the initials are - that door opens. WHat is behind it? Or is it access tot he paper with the initials & date? That is really pretty. BOTH sets of initials are stunning!
  5. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 2 years ago
    Such a lovely pendant.
  6. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 2 years ago
    I love it! I just purchased my first memorial hair locket a few months ago!
  7. kivatinitz kivatinitz, 2 years ago
    maravilloso
  8. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Celiene, your idea for the initials is surely the answer !
    And good eye, I completely forgot (years of drawer!) there is a second braided hair panel at the reverse of the hair initials (these are made on ivory sheet!). Bravo !

    Bonnie, thank you !
    Vintagelamp, thank you! Did you post it?
    Kivatinitz, muchas gracias :-D

    Many thanks to the 17 lovers !

  9. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Update: third pic is what is behind the hair work initials panel :-)
    Thanks Celiene for reminding me this is a three panels locket!
  10. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Fantastic what a beautiful and rare find, love it!!
  11. Agram.m Agram.m, 2 years ago
    Such a very good example of mourning jewelry.
  12. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thank you Marga, I think it is the biggest I've ever seen in this enamel model!
  13. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 2 years ago
    What an outstanding locket! So Beautiful! Way to go Kyra!
  14. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thank you Elisabethan for your enthusiastic comment and love!
  15. Rick55 Rick55, 2 years ago
    I've never seen these before Kyra! I would love to see your others!
  16. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Thanks Moonstonelover for the love :-)
    Rick, thank you so much for your comment and interest!
    Here are some others:
    http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/123381-mourning-hair-and-picture-swivel-brooch
  17. kyratango kyratango, 2 years ago
    Huge collective thanks to the 25 lovers :-)

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