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Magnificent Victorian Guilloche Enamel Lady Harp Woven Hair Mourning Locket Rare For Sale
Symbolic history: The Harprepresents heavenly worship. Between used to represent Ireland. Between 1837 and 1901, during the reign of Queen Victoria, the Irish became subject to British rule. England attempted to outlaw the Catholic faith in favor of the Protestant and Anglican churches. Catholics continued to worship secretly, using the shamrock as a symbol of rebellion and to identify themselves to each other. This gave rise to the phrase, "Wearing of the Green." Wearing a shamrock was no small offense; those found wearing shamrocks were subject to arrest and death by hanging.
In mourning jewelry the harp becamea bridge between heaven and earth. This fabulous Victorian Celtic Lady Harp Brooch circa1870's features a traditional ancient Celtic motif done in vibrant guilloche enameled colors.The Lady Harp in the center is finely detailed with delicate engraving in the harp. She is framed with a flowing wreath of gold shamrocks. The enamel is gorgeous. There are shades of red, royal blue, light blue and the wonderful green guilloche. I think you can see the detail in my photos.
The gold content is interesting. The fancy large bale tests 10K solid gold. I think the rose gold used in the main design is also 10k but it is difficult to test as it is enveloped with enamel.
There is incredibly plaited hair under glass on both sides of the inside compartments. The colors are different, ranging from blonde to brown. The hair from different loved ones was often blended in these antique pieces.
The back has a fabulous engraved floral design on textured background. The initials C.G.W. are engraved on a banner cartouche.
The locket measures 2" including attached bale and 1" across. There is one small area on the top left that has some enamel loss. Otherwise all parts are excellent, inluding the hinge and snap closure.
What an incredible memorial or mourning Victorian jewelry locket.
An treasured addition to any collection.
Offered as all of my sales, starting at $9.99 with . Thanks for looking.
On Feb-18-13 at 14:39:43 PST, seller added the following information:
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Magnificent Victorian Guilloche Enamel Lady Harp Woven Hair Mourning Locket Rare: $371