A lovely pair of Victorian brooches made of 15ct gold - unmarked but test as such - and with a pure gold matt wash to the locket brooch. The brooches are very much in the fashion of the time they were made, around 1860 - 1870 and feature a Etruscan Revival design.
The locket brooch is all original and still has its fittings for a lock of hair to be stored safely at the back. There is a little clip at the back of the brooch to which a fringe, tassel or dropper could be fitted. The second brooch or pin has been adapted at some time from two earrings that match the locket brooch. They have been placed together side by side and there are remnants of the lead solder that has been used to fix them together. In the process of doing this conversion, the gold wash has been burned off so they have a more shiny appearance than the locket brooch.
Both brooches measure a little under 2 inches long and the pins fasten to c-shaped clasps - the converted brooch is slightly loose when fastened but the locket fastens very securely. The locket has a ring a the top to which a safety chain could be fitted. They come in a box which may not be the original as, although antique, is probably not quite as old as the jewellery. The box is from Johnston and Court Ltd of Ulverston (Cumbria) and surrounding towns.
Together they weigh 16.5g so a good weight in 15ct gold but far too good to scrap.
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