Posted 5 years ago
Mourning jewellery is another passion of mine.
This brooch was found in an antique shop in Hobart. It was mainly the blue enamel that caught my eye along with the Forget Me Not written on it. There did not appear to be anything inside under the glass and the glass itself was not sitting properly in the setting..... we bought it anyway and my husband said we should be able to take the glass out and put it back in securely.
Once home he started gently to take the glass out saying to me all the while that there seemed to be some strands of hair coming out! and then good heavens....you better come and have a look at this!! And there in the recess was a very long lock of grey hair wound with thick thread and a tiny piece of paper with a note on it that brought us both to tears.
Research from old newspapers proved the authenticity of this and further research found that "BC" who had written the note was in fact the daughter Beatrice Crowe who passed away in 1960.
The brooch is pinchbeck? perhaps? and also I tend to think it would be quite a bit older (than the 1935 death) as well.