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Antique French Swivel Portrait Locket Brooch

Antique French Swivel Portrait Locket Brooch Antique French Swivel Portrait Locket Brooch
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A fabulous rare Antique French Brooch, with a swivel, so that you can turn the brooch around to show the other side. These brooches were often worn as mourning jewelry, with a portrait on the front, and a lock of hair or other sentimental memento on the reverse.   Made of gold plated metal, referred to as pinchbeck, a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold. 

This oval swivel brooch is a classic example of a late Victorian mourning jewel. Quite large in size, with a beautiful ornate border, the center which may have originally contained a photograph now showcases a lovely image of a French young woman, and the reverse holds a snippet of a hand written letter {perhaps written by a love, or a brother lost long ago?}

So unusual, although it is not in perfect condition, the rim was soldered in place long ago, perhaps so as not to risk loosing the portrait.{The other side of the locket portion opens, it is possible to change the contents on both sides should you wish.}   This has little celluloid covers on both sides, the Victorian style "C" closure, and a loop to hang it from a chain or silk ribbon. There is wear to the gold as shown.  Such a grand piece, to wear proudly, or to display on a ribbon on one of your antique mannequins.

  • Measures 3" x 2~3/4" x 1/2".
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