mourning - brooches

mourning jewellery. In Victorian England there were strict protocols for mourning the death of a family member, relative or (in the case of servants) an employer of employer's family member. They were particularly observed by the upper classes, but followed by other classes where the apparel and accoutrements could be afforded.

Mourning protocols were mainly applied to women, who were expected to wear heavy, concealing, black clothing, together with a black crepe veil, and a cap or bonnet.

Mourning jewellery completed the ensemble.

For a widow, there were three stages of mourning, covering a period of two years or more. The first period of mourning, lasting for a year and a day, was known as "full mourning". "Second mourning" covered a period of nine months, and allowed for a slight relaxation on the colour and style of garments worn, and for mourning jewellery. "Half mourning" lasted from three to six months and more elaborate and coloured fabrics such as grey and lavender could be slowly introduced.

Different rules applied to men, children and servants, depending upon their relationship with the deceased. more...
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A beautiful cameo mourning brooch. Gilt, early Victorian, made…
A beautiful cameo mourning brooch. Gilt, early Victorian, made as a large oval shell cameo depicting a beautifully carved depiction of Leda and the swan, framed in a rolled edge of polished metal, designed as a swivel panel, detailed to reverse with a wove
A 9ct gold fob medallion (5.4g), A Victorian silver fob…
A 9ct gold fob medallion (5.4g), A Victorian silver fob medallion, a Queen Victoria silver Jubilee pendant, and a part mourning brooch. (4)
Victorian gold plated mourning brooch, oval shape with onyx…
Victorian gold plated mourning brooch, oval shape with onyx centre set with seed pearls
Victorian gilded mourning brooch in original case with one…
Victorian gilded mourning brooch in original case with one earring
Three early jewellery pieces, including15ct oval pendant; gold…
Three early jewellery pieces, including15ct oval pendant; gold (unmarked) pearl set mourning brooch; and rolled gold lava stone cameo brooch (A/F). Weight 5g (penDepthant)
A quantity of watch keys, Australian fauna charms, a mourning…
A quantity of watch keys, Australian fauna charms, a mourning brooch and a pair of 'Union Jack' sleeve links. (qty)
A pearl, diamond and enamel mourning brooch; 18ct gold
A pearl, diamond and enamel mourning brooch; 18ct gold
A 9ct gold mourning brooch; featuring an onyx panel applied…
A 9ct gold mourning brooch; featuring an onyx panel applied with a pearl set leaf to rear locket compartment. 34 x 25mm. Weight 12.3g
Antique mourning locket brooch with gold enamel and seed pearls,…
Antique mourning locket brooch with gold enamel and seed pearls, dated 13th December 1869 (Lozenge to rear)
Early Victorian yellow gold pearl set mourning brooch. Engraved…
Early Victorian yellow gold pearl set mourning brooch. Engraved verso 'Caroline Adam, OB 27th June 1840. Age 28.' (slight split). Weight 15.3gm
Georgian yellow gold mourning brooch. Inscription verso 'T…
Georgian yellow gold mourning brooch. Inscription verso 'T Harrison, Died July 4th 1834. Aged 60'. Weight 5.3gm
A Victorian rolled gold mourning brooch; featuring hair and…
A Victorian rolled gold mourning brooch; featuring hair and pearls within a scroll frame. 48 x 40mm.
An antique mourning brooch; 35 x 20mm with glass front inlaid…
An antique mourning brooch; 35 x 20mm with glass front inlaid with hair and a floral arrangement of natural pearls. Safety chain attached. Wt.5.3g.
Victorian. Yellow gold emerald and pearl set mourning brooch.…
Victorian. Yellow gold emerald and pearl set mourning brooch. Central square emerald (approx.0.75ct) surrounded by pearls. Chain and tassel suspended. Original photograph to reverse. W15.8g
A Victorian 9ct gold mourning brooch, approximately 32 x 21mm,…
A Victorian 9ct gold mourning brooch, approximately 32 x 21mm, 3.61gms.
Gold filled Victorian cameo mourning brooch. Well carved cameo…
Gold filled Victorian cameo mourning brooch. Well carved cameo of classical scene. Some repairs.
An antique serpent mourning brooch, the finely detailed serpent…
An antique serpent mourning brooch, the finely detailed serpent in figure of eight coil, with plaited hair inlay, set to the head with a pear shaped garnet cut en cabochon and seed pearl detail, suspending a garnet set heart pendant, in 18ct gold
A late 18th century pinchbeck plaited hair and seed pearl set…
A late 18th century pinchbeck plaited hair and seed pearl set mourning brooch
A 19th century pinchbeck and enamel mourning brooch inset with…
A 19th century pinchbeck and enamel mourning brooch inset with hair and dated 1822-62
A 19th century gold and enamel opening portrait mourning locket…
A 19th century gold and enamel opening portrait mourning locket brooch set with seed pearls (tests as 14ct unmarked)
An 18th century pinchbeck plaited hair mourning brooch with…
An 18th century pinchbeck plaited hair mourning brooch with exquisite miniature bead initials
An early 19th century pinchbeck rectangular plaited hair…
An early 19th century pinchbeck rectangular plaited hair mourning brooch
A superb 18th century pinchbeck and enamel plaited hair oval…
A superb 18th century pinchbeck and enamel plaited hair oval mourning brooch inscribed Oct 1791
Large Victorian oval classical cameo mourning brooch with twist…
Large Victorian oval classical cameo mourning brooch with twist of hair and set in hollow 18ct (?) gold frame
18ct. gold, diamond and turquoise mourning brooch with…
18ct. gold, diamond and turquoise mourning brooch with articulated fringe
Two 19th century mourning jewels, a gold brooch, circular with…
Two 19th century mourning jewels, a gold brooch, circular with rigid cable chain border, with central hair locket within a flat border, engraved R D Fitzgerald; and a Victorian rolled-gold mourning pendant engraved with a sunset seascape and with hair lock
A 19th century gold mourning brooch, circular with rigid cable…
A 19th century gold mourning brooch, circular with rigid cable chain border, with central hair locket within a flat border, engraved R. Fitzgerald Obt 26 April 1822 Aged 17 (central locket non-extant). Diameter 20.5 mm. Weight 4.5g
A 19th century 18ct gold and enamel mourning brooch set with…
A 19th century 18ct gold and enamel mourning brooch set with diamonds
Antique Georgian gold snake motif mourning brooch - Ann Bateman…
Antique Georgian gold snake motif mourning brooch - Ann Bateman died Oct 22nd 1809 aged 73
A mid 19th century mourning brooch, black enamel with pearls…
A mid 19th century mourning brooch, black enamel with pearls and hair
Brooch, mourning black with 9ct gold back
Brooch, mourning black with 9ct gold back
Early agate and seed pearl mourning brooch. Elongated oval…
Early agate and seed pearl mourning brooch. Elongated oval shaped agate, surrounded by pearls on gold? body. (11.8g)
Victorian gold mourning brooch. Gold work design over black…
Victorian gold mourning brooch. Gold work design over black enamel background surrounding an oval set window
Victorian gold mourning brooch. Swirling gold work design over…
Victorian gold mourning brooch. Swirling gold work design over a rich green enamel background surrounding an oval set window
Victorian gold mourning brooch, of oval scalloped form with 4…
Victorian gold mourning brooch, of oval scalloped form with 4 acanthus leaves and couplets of white stones radiating from the centre. Fine mesh link tasselled fringe
Antique gold and diamond floral shaped mourning brooch. Set…
Antique gold and diamond floral shaped mourning brooch. Set with large central diamond and 4 on the surrounding mount
18ct yellow gold mourning brooch set with a miniature portrait…
18ct yellow gold mourning brooch set with a miniature portrait of a lady
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