Morning Glory Antiques & Jewelry
at the

ANTIQUE CONNECTION MALL
and on the internet since 1996
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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
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All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
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A COLLECTOR'S STORY
Comments from the former owner of the pieces in this wonderful collection

   My obsession with hair jewelry started innocently about 35 years ago.  I had stopped at a neighbor’s antique shop to pick up an item she was contributing to our school’s PTA raffle.   She offered to show me a ring she had purchased that morning.  It was a beautifully ornate gold ring with initials "G.L." and engraved in the inside of the ring band with the date “Dec.25 1869".  I couldn’t believe my eyes! Then I saw that it had two very tiny hinges and either side of the band opened to reveal the most daintily braiding of blonde hair filling the inside of the band.   I loved it immediately, admiring the sentiment and the workmanship!  I begged to purchase it and thus began my years of searching for hair jewelry.   For the next, 30 years I explored every antique show and shop I could find in every city and state that I was in.

    I have owned around 350 items of hair jewelry and about 50 framed hair wreaths and hair artwork.

    I have had many “favorite pieces” over the years, usually whichever one was my latest “find”.  I have always been very partial to the pieces that are engraved with initials, messages and dates. The dates were especially endearing, telling a small history of the item.  I also felt that someone went that little extra mile in actually having the item engraved.

  One piece that has always been special to be is an oval brooch I found in an antique shop in Victoria, British Columbia many years ago.   I have always been fascinated by how old these pieces are and in such wonderful shape with their amazing workmanship.   This brooch has a picture of a large tree made with “hair dustings” that seems to have a rural setting with a wooden fence in hair surrounding it.   My thought is that it represents the family tree.  On the back of the brooch there are 9 separate initials and the date 26 May 1790.   Amazing that this lovely brooch is well over 200 years old, from the Georgian era.

   My favorite piece? It is the oldest piece I have, dated 1790.

 

 

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FRAMED HAIR
ART MEMORIALS & MOURNING Pieces

 

 

  

 

    

   VICTORIAN memorial hair art work framed in a dark brown frame with gold inner frame with a light green background. The hair bouquet has a lovely variety of various styles and colors and a wide variety of different methods of making flowers and leaves. Frame measures 12” by 10” and 3-1/2" deep.   View   View   View   #V38215

  VICTORIAN French hair memorial art work in an ebonized black oval frame with convex glass.  There are dark brown braids at the bottom with flowers and  leaves.  The name of the owner of the hair, “Eugiene Eviard”' is written in script at the top.  The frame is 51/2” by 41/2”. There is writing in French on the back of the frame.  View   View   #V38216 

     VICTORIAN memorial hair art work in a French Ebonized frame with convex glass, frame measures 91/2”  by 11”. Exquisite and one of the best/most intriguing hair art wreath.  Dark brown braids curl all around the outside of the hair picture with floral sprays intermingled.  Hair is in excellent condition #211.  View   View   #V38217

 

VICTORIAN mourning memorial hair art work in a French ebonized oval frame containing hair art in the form of a weeping willow tree within a wreath, flowers and leaves.  There is a star at the top.  The frame measures 71/4” by 81/2”.   View  All 3 View   #V38213 

 

 

VICTORIAN-Edwardian French framed mourning hair art work that tells a story of a mother's love for her daughter, who has passed away. Her name was Marie Terese Renee Lombard and she died in Béziers, the 15 Avril 1915 in her 11th year. The photograph shows her in what looks like her first communion dress, similar to a wedding dress. It is framed in an ebonized oval frame with convex glass and contains thin strips of paper on which the story is hand written in French. Among other things, it says, "In memory of my beloved daughter... torn from my tender love at Béziers, the 15 Avril 1915 in her 11th year... God has asked from me what is most precious to me and I have given it to him."  View   View   View   View   View   View   #V38233

About Beziers: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B%C3%A9ziers


 

VICTORIAN memorial hair mourning wreath in an oval black ebonized frame with convex glass, provenance included. The frame measures 8” by 91/2”.  This is an unusual design with hair flowers in a basket surrounded by a hair wreath and accented with glass beads. Notes on the back are included and they describe the history of this piece commemorating the DeFraix family including Marguerite, Therese, Camille, Louis, Jeacques, Andre and Pierre.  View   View   View   View   #V38214

 

 

 

  

 

    

   VICTORIAN mourning memorial hair art, a bouquet of flowers of all shapes, sizes and color framed in shadow box frame. There is a gray green ribbon at base of the corsage. The designs are interspersed with black, blue, red, brown and silver beading.  The work is wonderfully delicate and precise.  The shadow boxed frame measures 143/4” by 123/4” and 5" deep.  View   View      #V38212



Photo of the paperwork that came with #V38214.   

 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair oval framed hair work under convex glass, floral hair and scroll art work.    View   #V38193    

 

  

 

    

Photo to show the relative size of these pieces.

  VICTORIAN woven hair framed art work with a mourning wreath in a lovely octagonal wood frame with black and gold liners. Inside the frame are two photos surrounded by woven hair flowers, leaves, and designs.      View   #V38192

 

 

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Brooch groups
to show relative size

 

 

Victorian hair brooches with enameling.

Victorian brooch in the center surrounded by lace pins.

Victorian hair plume brooches.

 

Georgian and Victorian lace pins.

Victorian hair plume brooches.

    Victorian hair brooches, some for mourning.

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry 10 karat yellow gold harp charm with white woven hair, 7/8" by 5/8", excellent condition. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 26, and she dates them from 1870-1880. View   #V38109  

      Catalogue page showing fobs and charms.

 

VICTORIAN 9 carat gold and woven human hair jewelry binoculars charm, 3/4" by 3/4". It is in excellent condition in every way. This style can be seen in the 1870 A Bernhardt Catalogue of hair jewelry HERE. It is in amazing excellent condition, a dainty treasure.   View   #V38108

 

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BRACELETS
 

 

   VICTORIAN 14 karat yellow gold and woven blonde hair child's hinged bangle bracelet with pierced Greek key design with woven hair underneath, engraved inside "GLF". The bracelet is 5-1/4" wearable size and 1/3" wide. The total weight is about 10.43 grams. There are two tiny places missing a bit of hair, visible only under magnification and hard to see even then, and there loops for a safety chain but no chain is with it.  View   View   View   #V38071 

  VICTORIAN woven hair bracelet in open tubular weave with mother-of-pearl and coral hand charm or fob, bracelet 6-1/4" by 1/4", fob 1".  View   View   #V38070  

  VICTORIAN pre-Civil-War woven brown hair bracelet with locket front clasp holding braided blonde hair; "MJL 1845" engraved on the back; fittings gold filled and measures 6" by 1/2". The tiny bird charm marked "14K" is newer than the bracelet.  A similar bracelet is in the A. Bernard & Co 1870 Catalogue.  View   View   View   View   #V38073

 

   VICTORIAN brown woven hair bracelet with flat woven band, 5-7/8" and about 1/3" wide. The clasp has a glass covered locket for hair of 5/8" by 1/2", but no hair is in it now. There is a bit of hair fraying on the outer parts of the band so it is priced accordingly.  View   View   #V38095

VICTORIAN rare medium and dark brown woven hair 7-strand bracelet with lovely oval fossil clasp, 6-1/3" with a 2" by 1-1/4" clasp. I think the stone is called "brain coral".  View  View  View  View  View   #V38102 

    VICTORIAN brown woven hair bracelet with a flat intricately woven band and a catch with a red faceted garnet and 9ct gold fittings (tested), 5-7/8" wearable size and about 5/8" wide. There are a few tiny flea bites on the red stone and some edge wear on the band. The bracelet is a child's or small woman's size.   View   View   #V38101

 

VICTORIAN Swedish style brown woven hair bracelet with slide closure, lacy woven band and hair wrapped dangle balls, almost no loose hairs so amazing for it's age, 6-1/4" at the smallest, opens to 8-1/2" at the largest and about 1-1/8" wide.  View   View   #V38099     

Bernhard 1870 Catalogue of
Victorian hair jewelry View

VICTORIAN brown woven hair bracelet with 9 strands of open weaving and a lovely woven front design, as is, 7" by 1-1/8", at least 3 strands have breaks in them, so this is priced as is.  A jpg of an 1870 Catalogue showing a similar bracelet can be seen here View.   View   View   View    #V38103

 

     VICTORIAN woven brown hair bracelet with gold filled fittings with engraved scrolls and an open cartouche, 6-1/3" by 1", a few loose hairs and a loose edging.  Shown HERE, just for reference, is a jpg of a page from the 1870 Bernard & Co. Catalogue, showing several fittings for hair bracelets. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 25.   View   View   #V38072 

  

 VICTORIAN woven brown hair bracelet with gold tone metal fittings etched with scrolling leaves and the initials "SHW", and a safety chain, 6-1/8" by 7/8". This is gilt silver or vermeil. Shown HERE, just for reference, is a jpg of a page from the 1870 Bernard & Co. Catalogue, showing several fittings for hair bracelets.   View   #V38074  

 

    VICTORIAN brown woven hair watch chain or bracelet with engraved initials and date "DW 1867", so this was made just after the Civil War. It is 7-1/2" by 5/8", the perfect size to wear as a bracelet on a 7" wrist. The engraving is on one side of the center element and it is faint but definitely there.    View   View    #V38094   $140.00

VICTORIAN brown woven hair bracelet with 4 tubular strands, woven center and dangles. All three dangles have loose hairs, so this is sold as is. The size is about  6-5/8" by about 1" wide, and the bracelet has some elasticity. A bracelet in this style can be seen in the wonderful big book, "25,000 Years of Jewelry" on page 268, where they say it is mid-1800s German.   View   View   #V38098   $46.00

VICTORIAN brown woven hair bracelet with 6 round strands accented by yellow gold findings, engraved "LT Trevitt" on the back, extra large sized 9-1/3" wearable size (does not open) by 1" at the back of the band.   View   View   View   View   #V38104  

 

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RINGS
 

 

  VICTORIAN blonde hair ring set in 9 carat yellow gold, hallmarked inside for Chester, 9 375 (for 9 carat gold) and the letter "H" for 1908, size 7-1/2 and with a 3/16" wide band and an open cartouche on the front for initials. Under a 10k loupe you can see that the hair under the openings on both sides of the cartouche has unraveled a bit, though still present.  View   View   View   #V38076

VICTORIAN  9 ct yellow gold and black enamel memorial hair ring with cross motif and seed pearls, engraved inside the band, "H.O.", it seems to have every hair in place. It is hallmarked for 9 ct, Chester, England, maker "WGM", and the date letter a capital "I" which is hard to distinguish and could be either 1805 or 1827, or perhaps even 1892. It is size 6-1/2 and 1/3" at the front where it is widest. Amazing condition for an antique ring.  View   View   View   #V38007

VICTORIAN 9 carat and brown woven hair ring with the initials "JSH" on the front 9 carat yellow gold cartouche, size 8-3/4 and the hair band it 3/16" wide. Marked "9ct" on the back.    View   View   #V38075 

 

   VICTORIAN 18 karat yellow gold ring with a brunette woven hair band and gold center with blue enamel, wonderful condition with no hair damage which is rare at this age, a larger size 12-1/2" so it could have been worn by either a man or woman.  View   #V38115

 VICTORIAN hair ring with a tiny beveled glass covered center housing a tiny braid of hair, size 7 and 1/3" along the finger.  View   #V38117 

 VICTORIAN 9 carat and woven hair ring with the initials "PM" engraved on the front. This is in just wonderful condition except where someone did a scratch test on the back for gold content, size 4-1/2 and 3/16" wide band.  View   #V38116 

 

VICTORIAN ring with shades of brown hair under a curved crystal, size 8 and 3/4" along the finger.  View   View   #V38114 

  

 

VICTORIAN hair ring with seed pearl surrounding the oval beveled glass covered hair compartment, size 5-1/4 and the front is 7/8" by 5/8". This was once, probably in the early 1800s, a lace pin and was converted into a ring with a 14 karat yellow gold band marked inside with "14k", a maker's mark, and on the back partially obscured letters, part of which says "Ilene" . Where the band meets the front, looking from the back of the ring, the fitting is heart-shaped, a secret romantic touch. The top of this ring tests as 10K gold and the replacement band is 14K gold. This weights 6.9 grams but part of that weight is the lead solder replacement on the back.   View   View  #V38077

    VICTORIAN 9 carat yellow gold heart and ivy leaf and hair memorial ring, hallmarked for Chester 1890 and 9 ct gold, size 8 and about 1/3" front and 3/16" back, with vintage box. The heart stands for love and the ivy leaf for eternity. The box is the same age as the ring, but there isn't a way to determine whether or not it is original to it.  View   View   View   View   #V37931

 

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NECKLACES & PENDANTS
 

 

VICTORIAN rare 15k yellow gold locket necklace with coral beads and urn-shaped charms. It is a wearable size of 13-1/2", or choker length, with a 1" front drop, from top loop to bottom. The center drop has a tiny covered hair compartment on the back, just amazing. It weighs about .69 ounces in total.  View   View #V38112

VICTORIAN woven hair pendant with a man's photo ( he wears a fancy stick pin) the initials "ECH" on one side and "MP" on the other, a small curl on the back, 1-3/4" by 1-1/2".  View   #V38119 

VICTORIAN necklace with locket on a Georgian chain. There are the initials "KML" on one side and a cross with seed pearls set in black enamel on the front. Inside is a photo of a lady, a bit worn, along with a hair curl plume with seed pearls. The chain is 13-3/4" wearable length and about 3/16", and each little link is faceted and assembled as a box chain. I suspect the brass clasp is an early replacement.  View   View   View   #V38113

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry cross pendant with 15 karat yellow gold tips, 2-1/3" by 2".  View   View   #V38118 

VICTORIAN woven hair pendant with 4 colors of hair and 4 different weave designs under a crystal, amazingly done. This was a brooch that has been converted to a pendant long ago, pendant 1-5/8" by 1-1/3", chain 20".  View   View   #V38120

      VICTORIAN hand woven brown hair necklace and watch key charm or fob, necklace of a long open tubes with gold tone wires that tie off about every 5/8" to create this lovely delicate design with gold tone metal fittings, total length 27", key winder 1-1/3". The condition is amazing for a delicate piece of this age, circa 1860, with almost no hair loss or damage and the catch works perfectly.  View   #V38067

 

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SWIVEL BROOCHES
 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair memorial jewelry brooch with a single plume of brown hair accented with seed pearls and gold wire covered by beveled glass, 2" by 1-1/2". Circa early 1800's.  View   #V38185

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry swivel brooch with blonde and brunette plumes with seed bead and wire accents set under glass on one side and an open compartment covered with glass on the back, 2-1/8" by 1-3/4".  View   #V38147 

  VICTORIAN woven hair swivel brooch with blonde graduating to brown hair plumes accented with seed pearls and gold wire under glass in a gold cathedral-like design with fleur-de-lis setting which swivels to another glass covered compartment for a photo, which is empty now. This is early 1800s and is 2-1/8" by 2", and the frame shows light wear.  View   #V38158   

 

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair swivel brooch with a really charming photo of a young girl wearing a hat like a cake with flowers on top, and the back having woven blonde hair, 2" by 1-5/8". The unusual crossed pins on the back are meant, for the shorter one, to hold the case in place, and for the longer one, to fasten the brooch to cloth. Both pin backs have been reinforced and there are little specs on both sides.  View  #V38172 

VICTORIAN woven hair and portrait swivel brooch with portrait front of a gorgeous lady dressed as a gypsy, 2-1/3" by 2-1/8". The back glass covered compartment houses lovely blond hair work and the brooch swivels to be worn with either side facing out. The portrait is hand painted and has a scratch or two, but nothing that detracts from this wonderful piece. These portraits were often done in Germany and imported to other countries to be made into jewelry.  View   #V38143

 

 

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BROOCHES & EARRINGS
 

 

 VICTORIAN hair brooch and earrings with both blonde and brown hair in open woven balls or berries set in gold leaves and fittings, 4 of the balls have hair that is coming unwoven on the brooch, brooch 2" by 1-3/4", earrings with a ball on one earring unraveling, 1-1/2" total length from the top of the loop to the very bottom of the earrings. The findings here are a mixture of 10k and brass. A similar design can be seen VIEW in the wonderful vintage "A. Bernard & Co" catalogue dated 1870, click HERE for more. A similar piece with berries can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 25, and she dates it to 1850-1870.  View   View   View   View   #V38075

  VICTORIAN acorn hair brooch woven with brown hair set into 14 karat yellow gold fittings, the brooch engraved on the back "MAP 1858" and 1-7/8" by 2-1/8". The brooch is a tubular weave and had gold leaf accents. These were made just before the Civil War. A similar design can be seen VIEW in the wonderful vintage "A. Bernard & Co" catalogue dated 1870, click HERE for more.  View   View   View   #V38078

     VICTORIAN acorn hair earrings woven with brown hair and set into 14 karat yellow gold fittings with black accent beads. The total length of earrings is 2-1/3" from the top of the loops when it goes into the ear hole to the very bottom. At the acorn bottom of one earring the hair is loosening but only very slightly. A similar design can be seen VIEW in the wonderful vintage "A. Bernard & Co" catalogue dated 1870, click HERE for more.  #V38078

 

 GEORGIAN 10 karat yellow gold oval woven hair brooch with a seed pearls and blue enamel surround and gold initials inside "MMCD", all in a wonderful eye-shaped brooch, a shape very typical of that era, 1-5/8" by 1". The pin back was professionally replaced and/or reinforced at some point in the past. Tests 10k gold and is circa 1790 to 1800.    View   #V38081

VICTORIAN 14k blonde hair bow bow brooch with garnet cabochons set in bloomed 14 karat yellow gold, 2-1/2" by 3-1/8". Not only is the bow delicately hand made of hair, but the dangling heart has a tiny hair enclosure on the back as well. The details on this are lovely! The gold at the center of the bow is beautifully engraved with roses and leaves. The gold has a lovely bloomed gold finish. See Bell's "Collecting Victorian Jewelry" page 149.  View     #V38080

     VICTORIAN hair brooch with both blonde and light brown hair curls decorated with gilt wire and seed pearls, some of which has fallen to the bottom, 2-1/8" by 1-7/8". This has a loop for a chain so it can be worn as a pendant.  #V38082

 

   
  VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with gold front engraved, "To Our Mother", and the back engraved, "To Our Mother from her Husband and Children", 2-1/3" by 2-1/3". Also dangling from a bow are a woven cross, anchor and heart symbolizing "Faith or love, hope and charity. The brooch is in excellent vintage condition, amazing for the age of this piece. Even the hair has no holes.   View   View   #V38125    

 

  VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry bow brooch with brown bow and two oval ball dangles, engraved with the initials, "SFP", as is with hair breaks in the top right loop and one of the acorns, 1-3/4" by 1-1/3". For some reason, this photographs looking as though the dangling balls are lighter in color than they really are in person. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 25.  View   View   #V38122

VICTORIAN woven hair earrings with light brown hair woven into dangling acorns with 14k yellow gold fittings. The 2 acorns on one earring are pulling away from the top caps. These are 2-1/2" from the top of the hoop to the bottom of the acorn. On one earring there is a hook to slide the loop under, but it is missing on the other earring. They are still perfectly wearable without it though.  View   View  View   View    #V38121

    VICTORIAN woven hair bow brooch with braided ties in an infinity design and 3 hair-covered elongated balls and a flower center, only a few slightly loose hairs, 2-1/2" by 2-1/3".  View   View   View   #V38123

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry "Georgie" brooch with blond fine hair like a child's on a mother-of-pearl background, flowers leaves and a single seed pearl decorate the inside which is covered with beveled glass, 1-1/2" by 1/1/4". The brooch has an outer border of a black enamel Greek key pattern on gold. The back has been dented inward a bit, about the size of a thumbprint, visible only from the back. The pin back has been reinforced and it comes with a safety stick pin and chain, stickpin 1-1/2".  View   View   #V38130

VICTORIAN woven hair bow brooch with dangling acorns, 9 carat gold center and fittings, open cartouche in the center. There is a bit of loose hair at the top of one of the acorns where it meets the cup, 1-5/8" by 1-5/8". Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 25.  View   View   #V38124

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with "Father" in hair art work on the front, painted onto an opalescent surface, surrounded by open woven ovals around it. The lovely frame and leaves are gold tone. There is slight hair loss under the glass and at the very top of the piece. Six gold leaves top off this lovely design, and this pin is 1-1/3" by 1-1/8".   View   View   #V38131  

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with blonde and light brown curled and braided hair under a beveled glass topped compartment, 1-1/8" by 1".   View   #V38162

 

 

 

    VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with pale blond hair in an unusual woven design, engraved on the back, "Joseph Symes RN, obt 27th Jany 1856, at 69", with black enamel accents, a brooch with a pendant loop on the back, 2-1/4" by 2".   View   #V38155 

 

 

 VICTORIAN 9 carat eye shaped brooch or pendant in a yellow gold setting surrounded with clear pastes around the beveled glass hair compartment. It has a beaded edging, and even the back is engraved with flowers and scrolls. It has a loop for a chain to wear as a pendant, 1-1/4" by 3/4".  The clear pastes are squares with rounded edges, perhaps cushion cut, and they are not foiled. Be sure to look at the back photo because the back has a wonderful etched design, as pretty as the front. The whole pin has a beaded outer edge. On the back is a loop so this could be worn as a pendant as well as a pin. The detail on this wonderful piece is just amazing, and it is in excellent condition.  View   #V38152

 

 

  VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with light brown and gray woven under a beveled glass cover and surrounded with a gold with black enamel brooch, engraved on the back, "In Memory of GS, ED, CS", with a loop for a chain on the back, 1-1/3" by 1-1/8".   View   #V38153  

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a brilliant emerald green enamel on gold frame, lovely and unusual, set in gold scrolls, circa mid-1800s, 2" by 1-5/8". Under a 5x loupe you can see a very tiny spot of enamel damage, all but impossible to find. Someone in the past scratched the back of the brooch as can be seen in the photos, and the back also has a small dimple in the metal.  View   #V38133

 VICTORIAN hair brooch with black glass or onyx and seed pearls surround, engraved on the back, "Teresa Feb. 25th, 1855", 1-1/3" by 1-1/8".  View   #V38084 

 

    VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry round banded agate brooch with surrounding ivory beads in an gold tone metal applied wire setting with a brunette woven hair locket back, 1-1/2" .  View   View   #V38129

 VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch in a pinwheel shape surrounded by balls with 2 dangling acorns, amazing open balls and acorns accented with gilt silver leaves, pendant loop for a chain on the top, 1-5/8" by 2-1/2".  View   #V38128 

   VICTORIAN sterling hair brooch with back compartment which holds a wad of hair and is covered with a plastic cover, 1-1/2". It is hallmarked on the back for England sterling, 1885__ & Co (maker's mark not legible). This has a radiating design with a trefoil beaded edge.  View   #V38132   

 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with finely basket woven blonde hair under beveled glass in a yellow gold setting with white enamel, 1-1/4" by1".  View   #V38134 

 

VICTORIAN 10 karat yellow gold and woven hair jewelry brooch with rare hair flowers under a domed glass cover set in gold, a 1-5/8" by 1-1/4" oval. The flowers really are wonderful and the setting is extra deep in order to house them. Because the glass cover is domed, it magnifies the flowers in a lovely way.  It has a place on the back where someone tested it for gold content. The pin back has been reinforced and there are very shallow bent areas on the back.   View   #V38140

VICTORIAN  9 carat yellow gold woven hair locket brooch with a center star of diamonds ? and rubies and surrounded by applied wire work leaves and designs, 1-3/4" by 5/8". The locket back houses pale yellow backing for hair, but contains no hair now. It is marked "9ct".  View   #V38135

 

 

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with brown woven hair under beveled glass inside a sea shell shaped locket brooch, so unusual, 1-1/4" by 1-1/8". This wonderful piece opens like a jewelry box or a treasure chest.  View    View   #V38157 

 VICTORIAN hair brooch with blonde, light brown and white hair curled and braided inside and a black enamel surround and with a reinforced pin back, a little treat at 1-1/2" by 1-1/8".  View   #V38087

    VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a hinged lid which covers an open and fairly deep glass covered compartment with nothing in it, 1-1/2" by 1". The back is dented inward a little bit and the pin back has been reinforced.  View   #V38161

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a back hair compartment, 1-1/3" by 1". The green and clear paste flowers set in black enamel on gold. The back is engraved, "Will M Poole ob 29 April 1844 a 21" and "John Acton ob 11 June 1844 a 30". The hair compartment holds two shades of brown hair.  View   #V38170

  VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with blonde and brown haired plumes surrounded by seed pearls (one broken) under beveled glass, engraved on the back "Abagail Baxter", with a safety stick pin with crown top, brooch dented in the back, 1-1/4" by 1", stick pin 1-1/2".  View   #V38167

     VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a hair locket on the back. This elongated oval brooch has a onyx or black glass centered with a star of gold and seed pearls and with a gold beaded edge, 1-7/8" by 5/8". On the back is a plume of black hair on one side and gray hair on the other, with gilt wire twist accents.  View   #V38168 

 

   VICTORIAN hair jewelry stick pin with four green paste stones at the corners and 16 seed pearls around the center crystal, pin 2-5/8" and top 3/4" by 1/2". The hair is straight blonde hair under a beveled crystal. One of the tiny pearls has the top chipped off, hard to see without magnification. The top of this stickpin was once a small brooch, and this was converted many years ago.  View   #V38106

 VICTORIAN hair jewelry stick pin with lucky horseshoe dangling from it, stick pin 2-1/4" and horse shoe 5/8". The hair is in perfect condition, which is amazing for it's age.  A similar piece can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 28, where she dated it from 1880.   View   #V38107

VICTORIAN hair jewelry stick pin with the words "In Memory Of" in gold Old English lettering around the edge of a beveled glass covered compartment, pin 2-1/2" and the tiny top is 1-2" by 1/3". This is in good vintage condition with signs of wear on the finish commiserate with age.  View   #V38105 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair bar brooch with two brunette twists set in gold tone ends and center with a simple etched design, 2-1/8" by 1/4".   View   #V38154

VICTORIAN Whitby jet and woven hair jewelry brooch with a hair compartment on the back, 1-1/2". The jet is carved with "AEI" for "Amity, Eternity and Infinity" and the back compartment houses a wispy curl of blonde hair.  View   #V38137    

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry bar brooch with an infinity knot made of tubular woven brown hair with a gold leaf center and gold tips and back, 1-7/8" by 1/3".  View   #V38136      

 

VICTORIAN hair brooch with both blonde and light brown hair plume decorated with gilt wire and seed pearls, some of which has fallen to the bottom, 2-1/8" by 1-7/8". This brooch has another photo or hair compartment on the back and also has a loop for a chain so it can be wore as a pendant.  View   #V38083 

  VICTORIAN woven hair swivel brooch with one side of black onyx or glass (with tiny flea bites on the black edge, hard to see except with a loupe). It is accented with a gold leaf  and tiny flowers on the front, and the other side with medium blonde hair swirl and reinforced pin back, 1-1/4" by 1". The original pin back was replaced with a safety clasp some time in the past for security, and while the clasp is shown open in the photo, it does close securely as it should.  View   #V38179

     VICTORIAN Antebellum woven hair jewelry brooch with brown hair Prince of Wales plume with seed pearls (as is) under glass cover, 1-7/8" by 1-5/8". The setting is embellished with etched flowers and scrolls and has 4 fleur-de-lis shaped elements at the sides. It is engraved on the back, "H. Stannard died 20th June 1850, aged 30 years".   View   #V38178
 ("Antebellum" means "prior to war", usually the Civil War)

 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with blonde curled hair under beveled glass in a gold setting with morning glory flowers and leaves on each side, engraved on the back, "Mrs GH Park", 1-3/4" by 1-1/2".   View   View    #V38190 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a man's photograph on one side and an open compartment for hair on the other, 2-1/4" by 2". The frame is decorated by etched and embossed scrolls and designs, but a small part of it is missing.  View   View   #V38151 

 VICTORIAN 14k woven hair jewelry brooch with an elongated oval shape and woven ash blonde hair, engraved, "USN 12/25-90" on the back, 1-3/4" by 5/8". Tests as 14 karat yellow gold.   View   #V38228

 

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IN MEMORY OF
BROOCHES

 

 

 

  VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with "IMO" for the mourning message "In Memory Of" and engraved "Mrs Smith" on the back, blond and brown woven hair in a glass covered compartment on the front, 1-3/4" by 1-1/3", reinforced pin back.   View   #V38142   ALL

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with blond hair woven and placed under a slightly domed glass cover. Surrounding that in black enamel are faded gold letters with the message "In Memory Of", but they are not as faded as the photo makes them look. The brooch is 1-1/3" by 1-1/8". The gold metal frame around the words is bent here and there, as can be seen in the photo. There is also light wear on the brooch front, visible only under magnification, and the back has different colors on it, all metallic colors that can be seen in the photo.  View   #V38189

 VICTORIAN 1843 mourning woven hair jewelry brooch with "In Memory Of" on black enamel over gold framing a photo of a lovely woman wearing a big hat under beveled glass. This is engraved on the back, "Eleanor Bean obt 16th February 1843, at 21 years". It is priced in "as is" condition with a cracked frame at the bottom center and a  pin back repair seen in the photo. It has a loop for a chain and is 1-5/8" by 1-1/2".   View   View   #V38174

 

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LACE PINS
Small pins like the ones below are often referred to as "lace pins" in the older books and catalogues. They were worn not only by women, using them to fasten lace around the collar, but also by men of the Regency to Georgian era, those dapper men who wore velvet jackets, lace-trimmed shirts with ruffles, make-up, wigs and high heels. Examples of this style of dress can be seen HERE. When I think of lace pins, I think of the smaller pieces, usually under about one and one-half inch in any dimension.
 

 

   VICTORIAN woven blonde hair lace brooch set in a gold pin with black enamel, replaced pin back, 3/4" by 5/8", some dents on the back.  View   View   #V38088

  VICTORIAN 14k gold hair brooch with blonde and gray hair in a braided curl inside and a black enameled double border, engraved on the back, "M de F" Jan 23rd, 1864", 1-1/16", Under a 10x loupe you can see in tiny bit of damage to 3-4 tiny cells of the enamel, but I mention this only for accuracy. Tests as 14K gold with a silver catch.  View   View   #V38089

 VICTORIAN hair brooch with ash blonde hair in a serpent motif brooch with seed pearls surround with a green paste stone in the center, 1-1/8" by 3/4". The piece tests as 10k gold. The snake or serpent has long been associated with eternity and eternal love.
 A similar piece with red stones can be seen on page 88 in the book "In Death Lamented; the Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry" by Sarah Nehama, which was a companion volume to the Fall Exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society 2012. There it is identified as English circa 1820.   View   #V38090

 

VICTORIAN hair memorial pin with blond woven hair in a gold tone setting. These little pins were also called "Lace pins" because they were often worn on a piece of lace. This is 3/4" by 1/2" and has had the catch replaced many years ago. It is otherwise in excellent condition and the catch works securely. View   #V38184

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry lace brooch with medium brown woven hair in a beveled glass compartment set in gold embossed setting, a tiny lace pin size at 7/8" by 3/4".   View   #V38182

     VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry memorial brooch with woven medium blonde hair under a beveled glass cover and set in a embossed flowers frame followed by gold and black enamel on gold borders, the extra long pin stem makes me think this is early 1800s. This lace pin is a tiny 7/8" by 5/8". The only flaw is a very tiny chip in the enamel hard to see without a loupe.  View   #V38186 

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with dark blonde woven hair set in a gold setting embossed with tiny designs, 7/8" by 3/4".   View   #V38171

  VICTORIAN woven hair small brooch with two colors of basket woven hair under a beveled glass cover and surrounded by the gold and black enamel, dents and replaced pin on the back so priced as is, 1-1/8" by 1".   View   #V38164

     VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with "In Memory Of" mourning message on black enamel in gold, hair compartment holding blonde hair, 1" by 3/4".   View   #V38165

 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with medium brown hair in a basket weave set under slightly domed glass in a gold setting, a lace pin size at 1" by 5/8".  View   #V38177

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with brown hair in an open weave with a spider-like twisted wire design, all set into gold with a loop for a chain on the back so it can be worn as a pendant, 1" by 3/4".  View   #V38149

VICTORIAN 14k woven hair jewelry brooch in gold with medium brown woven hair under glass, initials "TH" engraved on the back, 7/8" by 5/8". No marks but tests as 14k. A doll collector friend of mine loves these for her Victorian dolls to wear because they are genuine in style but scaled down to doll size.   View   #V38183

 

VICTORIAN tiny hair brooch with faceted black glass or onyx stones set in14 k gold, these were also called lace pins and could have been worn by men or women, 1" by 3/4". This has no marks but tests as 14k gold.  View   #V38091 

VICTORIAN woven hair "My Dear Mother" brooch with woven blond hair under a cracked glass cover which is topped with the swiveling black enamel on gold message, circa early 1800s, 7/8" by 3/4". Around the outer edge is the mourning message "In Memory Of".   View   View   #V38138  

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with dark brown woven hair in a triangular shaped glass topped compartment set in gold with tiny onyx or black glass lacy setting, tiny lace pin at 1-1/8" by 1". One black stone is chipped so priced as is.  View   #V38139

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry lace pin with blonde and light brown curled and braided hair under a beveled glass topped compartment, a small treasure at 1-1/8" by 1". Lace pins, so called because they were small pieces often worn on a lacy ruff or collar, were worn by both men and women.    View   #V38162 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with dark blonde woven hair under a beveled glass cover set in gold, a tiny lace pin size at 1/2" by 1/3".   View   #V38144 

VICTORIAN hair brooch with blonde hair and gilt wire bows center and a blonde braided surround in a belt and buckle motif, amazing detail for such a delicate piece. It is 1-1/8" by 3/4". The is a crack in the metal frame as can be seen in the photos. This is mid-Victorian circa 1850.  View   #V38092

 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with braided and woven blond hair under a beveled glass cover and a frame of black enamel on gold, 1-1/8" by 1".  While the front is lovely, there is a crack on the back, so this is priced as is.  View   #V38159 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with empty hair enclosure under a glass cover and black enamel on gold, 1-1/2" by 1-1/4". This is as-is with flea bites in both the glass cover and the black enamel, reinforced pin back.   View   #V38160

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with woven blond and light brown hair under a beveled glass cover in an oval gold tone metal setting. It that has had a repair on the back, replacing the pin mechanism at some time in the past, and some discoloration on the back as can be seen in the photo. The size is 1-3/4" by 1-1/4".  View   #V38145 

 

  

 

    

 VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with brown and pale blonde hair under a beveled glass set in gold with a repaired pin back, 1-7/8" by 1-1/2".  View   #V38169

  VICTORIAN 9 carat gold and woven hair flower brooch with a leaf and stem design in etched gold, a tiny lace pin size at 1-1/8".  View   #V38181 

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with blonde plumes accented with gold wire and seed pearls and set in gold with black enamel, engraved on the back, "Albert Watson, died April 16th 1850 and Charles Warner died Aug 26th 1852", loop on the back for a chain, 1-5/8" by 1/4". Here is a vintage photo showing a lady wearing a similar brooch HERE.   View   #V38188

 

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with brown woven hair under a beveled glass cover set in gold and black enamel round lace pin, tiny at 3/4". While the front is in excellent condition, there is a replaced pin back and dents on the back, so priced accordingly.  View   #V38187

VICTORIAN woven hair jewelry brooch with a blonde bow set in gold with a beveled glass cover, a lace pin size at 7/8" by 3/4", simple but charming.  View   #V38163  

  

 

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LORGNETTE & WATCH CHAINS
& FOBS
 

 

   VICTORIAN hand woven blonde hair watch chain with lion mount on one end and a fob on the other. The total length is 13-3/4" without the fob and about 1/3" wide. This amazing and extremely time consuming piece was made by braiding hair together into a flat braid, then cutting and making links of that, and then linking those to form the chain. This is in good condition with a very few loose hairs, but one end of the metal fittings has a touch of solder on it. It does have one link edge missing from the hair chain. On the fob end, the hook has a clever fitting that screws on and off to close it.  View   View   View   #V38064 

 VICTORIAN hand woven brown hair watch chain with double chains, gold tone metal fittings with etched designs and the initials "D. St" engraved, as is with some loose hairs, total length is 15". 10k caps, link chain and bar gold filled.  View   View   View   #V38065 

 

  VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with an oval faceted saphiret fob held by a hand, dark brown hair in a spiral and tube weave with gold filled fittings, the center one decorated by a seed pearl and a red cab with one cab missing. On the center are the engraved initials "LJ". A saphiret is a rhinestone of flashing brown-lavender-blue tones that was commonly used in both the Victorian era and up to the mid-20th century. It is a very desirable stone, whether cut en cabochon or faceted.   View   View   View   #V38195
 

 

 

   VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown tubular woven hair, gold filled fittings and a photo fob showing a sad but lovely lady on one side and a baby on the other. The baby photo is cracked and the cap on one end is mashed, but the hair is in excellent condition, 11-1/2" by 1/4".  View   #V38196

  VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown hair in two weave styles, one a box chain and one a spiral, gold fittings with leaf designs on both ends, t-bar for a button hole on one end and hook on the other, almost no loose hairs, 14" by 5/16".   View   View   #V38197

     VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with dark blond hair in a tubular spiral weave with gold tone fitting and a loop for a fob in the center, 12-1/2" by 5/16" and not a hair out of place.  View   View   View   #V38198

 

  

LADY wearing gold earrings and a woven hair necklace with a photograph pendant. Carte de viste marked "Robertson & Brooks, Franklin, KY." It confirms that women wore these chains, not just men, just as they do today.

VICTORIAN woven hair horseshoe charm on a black ribbon watch ornament with the engraved initials "GF", horseshoe 1" and gold portion 1-1/2" wide. The ribbon is frayed but I left it on to show how this was worn.  Similar things can be seen in the book of Jeanne Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" on page 120.  View   #V38141

VICTORIAN gentleman wearing a watch chain and fob. Cabinet card marked "E.M. Phillips, Fairburn, Ills."   View
 

 

   VICTORIAN hand woven hair watch chain with twists of medium brown hair and gold filled fittings, total length 11" and 5/16" wide. This is "as is" with a few places where the hair is unraveling, and it is priced accordingly.  View   View   View e   #V38058

  VICTORIAN tubular hand woven hair watch chain with a gold filled locket with the initials "CM" on the back and fittings for one photo inside, an etched leaves and sunshine with rhinestones on the front. It is a total length of 12" and 1/4" thick, the locket is 3/4". It is in very good condition with only slight unraveled hairs here and there.   View   View   View   View   #V38059

     VICTORIAN hand woven hair long watch chain with dark blonde hair in two woven strands, each with 2 styles of weaving, gold tone fittings, total length 17". There is a small etched flower on the center fitting, and there are hooks at 2 ends for a watch, fob or charm and a bar on the end of the buttonhole.  View   View   View   #V38060

 

  

  VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown hair in two weave styles, one open tubular and one spiral, both just amazing, 12". The findings are gold filled with red and seed pearls accenting the center, from which two woven acorns are suspended, each with hair pulling away from their caps and each 5/8" long. There are loose hairs along the chain portion, but the weave is still tight.  View   View   View   View   #V38194  

 

 

  VICTORIAN antique woven hair watch chain with medium blond hair in a tubular and spiral weave with gold fittings and a fob, 16" by 5/16". There is an attached message that dates the chain to 1900, and it is so nice that it has stayed with the piece all these years, giving it provenance. The center has one seed pearl and a red cabochon and the fob suspended from it is an axe enameled in red, yellow and green on gold and has "MW and A" on it, with a gavel and a log, 1" by 3/4". This is well woven with no hair loss at all.   View   View   View   #V38200
 
 The hand written note with it says, "Mrs. Christine Munson has this chain made from her own hair, had it mounted and presented it to her husband, Martin T Munson on his 40th birthday, Jan. 23rd 1900. Presented to Miss Ruth Munson, Omaha 1930."

     VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown hair in two strands and two different weaves, gold fittings, 8-1/4" by 1/3". The hair is in excellent condition with only a few loose hairs, and the fittings are gold tone metal. At one end is a hand-made tag with the number "51388" on it. I wonder if that was a mark of to whom the hair belonged, and that this would have been done by a company or jewelry store, not at home.  View   View   #V38201

 

 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair lorgnette slide chain ( also called a "long chain") with sterling silver fittings, 52" long. The word "sterling" is on the bottom of the hook catch. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 26, and she dates them from 1870-1890.  View   #V38207

 VICTORIAN woven hair lorgnette chain with silver slide and fittings, total length 34". There are no marks on this, but the slides test as 9ct gold and the hook is brass. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 26, and she dates them from 1870-1890.   View   View   #V38206 

 VICTORIAN hand woven brown hair lorgnette or long chain necklace in a braid within a chain design with 10 karat yellow gold slide and fittings and gold filled hook and chain, engraved "M or U and St, total length 54" and 1/4" wide. Similar pieces can also be seen in the book, "Warman's Jewelry" 2nd Edition by Christie Romero on page 26, and she dates them from 1870-1890.  View   View   #V38066

 

  VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown hair in two different weaves with gold filled fittings, the center set with a seed pearl and two red cabochons. The chain is 11-1/2" by 1/4" and the tiny fob, an open book, is 1/3" across. The hook is marked, "Y&S". Fobs often denoted a man's interests or work, but an open book could mean many things, and I don't know what this one stands for. This is in excellent condition.  View  View   View  #V38205 

 VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown braided hair, gold filled fittings and a Greek key design of black enamel on gold on all three parts, a loop for a fob to be added if desired, 13" by 5/16". The hair is in good condition except for one end where it is softer and slightly unraveling.  View   View   View   #V38203

     VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with blond hair in two different spiral weaves with gold filled fittings, all with black enamel work, and a loop for a fob on the center, 14" by 5/16".  View   View   View   #V38204

 

   VICTORIAN hand woven hair watch chain with 3 woven braids in two designs, etched designs on the two square end fittings, and watch hook on one end and a to hold a fob on the other, 6" total length by 3/4" wide, all gold filled.  View   #V38061

  VICTORIAN hand woven hair watch chain with brown hair in a tubular weave in 2 different patterns, gold filled fittings, total length is 14" and 9/16" thick, areas with unraveling hair, and a fob of cream agate (cracked) on one side and bloodstone on the other, fittings and 2 photos inside, 1" by 3/4", swivels.  View   View    View   #V38062 

     VICTORIAN hand woven hair gold filled watch chain with fob charm, tiny red and pearl stones in gold tone fittings, 7-5/8" by 3/4". Note that the hair was first braided into flat ribbons, then formed into links and then linked together to form this amazing piece. There is light wear visible under a 10x loupe along the edges of this piece.   View   View   #V38063 

 

 

 

 

VICTORIAN woven hair watch chain with brown hair in two weave styles, one a box chain and one a spiral, gold fittings with leaf designs on both ends, t-bar for a button hole on one end and hook on the other, in excellent condition with almost no loose hairs, 14" by 5/16".   #V38281

    

 

 

REFERENCES:

A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

Mourning Art & Jewelry by Maureen Delorme

 In Death Lamented; the Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry  by Sarah Nehama,
a companion volume to the Fall Exhibit at the Massachusetts Historical Society 2012
(NOTE: This book has a photographic demonstration of how a Georgian enameled band ring would have been made.)

Art of Mourning

Morbid Outlook: Fashion History

Collectors Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry by Jeanenne Bell

 

 

 

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