Victorian Pinchbeck and Hairwork Brooch

Detailed and symbolic, this brooch was created the late 1800s.

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some slight rubbing to the surface of the metal and glass. This is only visible upon very close inspection and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece.  


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The Details...

This brooch is constructed from Pinchbeck. It features an oranate frame detailed with a scrolling design. Mounted in its centre is a basket weave pattern formed from hair and encased in glass. The brooch fastens with a 'C' clasp and the fastening pin is fitted to the brooch with a tube hinge. This brooch measures 3.5cm x 2.5cm. 

A Short History...

Hair was extensively used in making Victorian sentimental and mourning jewellery. Wearing the hair of a loved one symbolised that they were treasured and remembered. Creating mementos from woven hair was a popular drawing room activity for Victorian women. 

Wear it With...

Brooches are an exceptionally simple way to add instant vintage styling to any look and interest to plain materials. Pin this piece onto a hat, lapel, collar, cuff, scarf, sleeve, waistline or bag - wear alone or with a selection.

  • Colour Gold, Brown
  • Occasion Everyday, Smart Casual, Work