ANTIQUE ENGLISH GEORGIAN PERIOD GOLD SEPIA MINIATURE & HAIRWORK MOURNING BROOCH
An antique solid 15 carat gold (tests thereabouts) reversable brooch; finely made, and set with glasses to both sides holding finely hand painted sepia mourning miniatures with fine hair snippet highlights. To one side a robed male leans on an anchor (symbolising hope) and a plaque reading 'JMH? FFGS, 3 April 183?', looking out to sea where ships can be seen in the distance during sunrise/sunset, and to the other side a funereal scene including a tomb adorned with a skull & cross bones and a cloaked figure pointing to a temple in the distance.
A rather unusual sepia item with such interesting subject matter and symbolism...highly collectable & wearable too!
CONDITION: All original and very good. Slight signs of wear and shallow denting to bezel commensurate with age and use. Pin hinge possibly an old replacement, of no consequence.
DATE/MARKS: Around 1830. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: 48 x 30 mm (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 11.0 grams.