Posted 9 years ago
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. Can anyone confirm the date range for this article? Thank you!
Pictured with this brooch is a musket ball, a Civil War relic. My elder brother 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