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Blue enamel Forget Me Not Mourning Brooch with Australian Story

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    Posted 5 years ago

    TassieDevil
    (175 items)

    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.

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    1. martika martika, 5 years ago
      Touching
    2. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      I should have added that we of course put everything back into the recess.....we did trim off a small piece of hair with the thread to display through the glass.
    3. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Martika
    4. racer4four racer4four, 5 years ago
      Wonderful brooch and history.
    5. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks racer4four, we love it!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 5 years ago
      What a wonderful attention, and touching memento!

      I collect too mourning hair items, and lot of silly people tell me "awful, dead people's hair! Why don't you take them of and replace by a pic....."

      Your brooch is far earliest than 1935, the long pin and tube hinge place it around 1860!

      Blue enamel is not common :-)
    7. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thank you kyratango......yes, I get that same reaction as well! Nice to know someone who appreciates these wonderful pieces.
      Thanks so much for dating the brooch.... and the blue enamel is lovely!
    8. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      Agree with kyra on the date. It might very well be pinchbeck, too. What lovely piece of jewelry. The blue enamel represents the color of the flower.
    9. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Hello Efesgirl, thanks very much for your comment...... and how smart are you to put the colour to the flower...... I have had this brooch for years and didn't pick up on that......well done! and thanks again.
    10. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      And a big thank you to all who loved and or commented on my brooch. So nice to be able to chat with others about the things we love!
    11. Efesgirl Efesgirl, 5 years ago
      You're welcome! Hope to see more of your jewelry or anything else you would like to share with us.
    12. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks Efesgirl, plenty more to come!
    13. Agram.m Agram.m, 5 years ago
      What a beautiful mourning jewelry. I do like mourning jewelry too !
    14. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much Agram.m for your lovely comment!
    15. upstatenycollector upstatenycollector, 5 years ago
      Awesome piece, and I love the story!
    16. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 5 years ago
      What a tender and loving memento from a daughter to a mother. God bless them both in Heaven. Thanks for sharing this, TassieDevil, it's very lovely.
    17. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks so much upstatenycollector for your kind comment.... appreciated!
    18. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      katherinescollections.....such a wonderful thoughtful comment, thank you very much....I do get a bit sentimental every time I think about this brooch!
    19. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      A big thank you to all 23 loves.....very appreciative of you taking the time to look and love!!
    20. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Many thanks Windwalker.....appreciate the love!
    21. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      popsKen and vintageforever.....appreciate the love thank you!!
    22. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 5 years ago
      Thanks very much Elizabethan and Fleafinder for taking the time to look and love!!!
    23. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Appreciate the love Thomas, thank you very much!
    24. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Oroy! Thanks so very much Gary for the visit and love :-)
    25. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Hi Jenni, thank you for the love:-)
    26. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks Tigra for taking the time to look and love! Much appreciated :-)
    27. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thanks so very much for the love Thomas, always appreciated :-)
    28. dlpetersen, 3 years ago
      A lovely brooch, love the history.
    29. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 3 years ago
      Thank you dlpetersen for your comment and the love, glad you enjoyed seeing this brooch! The history of it is just great isn't it! Wouldn't it be great if more of these sentimental pieces had their history:-)

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