Based on the fine design and craftsmanship we believe this piece to be of English or European origin. The brooch is superbly crafted and detailed. It features a beautiful shell carving set in a delicate, virtually pure gold frame. The carving uses only the white part of the shell and features an arm holding a large bouquet featuring a central Gerbera with. Long stems and bud flowers and leaves surrounding it.In the Victorian language of flowers, gerberas mean eternity and happiness. They are a symbol of the simple beauty that often translates to a very happy life. The bouquet is held by a delicate hand with. Full sleeve adorned with cross-hatched details and a double frilled cuff. This beautiful and precious piece was most likely a highly-sentimental and personal and even perhaps a "half-mourning" gift to a wealthy grieving mother mourning her lost little girl.
The gentle extended hand offering the beautiful bouquet to Mother may be symbolizing peace at last. In the Victorian era, mothers mourned their deceased children for one year and wore all black, including black crepe and hair jewelry. After a specified period the crepe could be removed this was called slighting the mourning. The color of cloth lightened as mourning went on, to gray, mauve, and white called half-mourning. This pin could have possibly symbolized the end of the public mourning period for the mother and is a precious memento of her loved lost child.
The delicate gold bespoke frame is fitted to the curve of the shell carving and features an embossed decoration surrounded by a tube setting adorned with embossed beads on each side. The brooch is unmarked but jeweler-tested at 22K+ gold (virtually pure solid gold - quite unusual and highly precious). The closure is a tube or t-bar type with a locking closure. We believe the pin and locking clasp were replaced with a white tone metal, stronger than the original gold and with the safety closure to prevent loss.
This is a statement piece and quite large (over 2). This brooch is just stunning, we really can't say enough superlatives to describe it. Brooch presents beautifully and is in excellent antique, pre-owned condition, with very minimal wear, tarnish and patina commensurate with age. There is one small dent to the outside of the setting in the top right hand corner (one o'clock in the photos).
Mentioned only for accuracy, it doesn't detract and it's amazing that that's the only tiny flaw as 22k gold is super-soft. This rare and amazing brooch will make a crowning addition to any fine antique jewelry. Collection-- sure to be a centerpiece for years to come! You'll never find another!Dimensions: 2-3/8" in width, 2-1/8" in height Total Weight: 30 grams approx. Item(s) will be professionally packed to prevent damage in transit. Feel welcome to message us with further questions or requests for more images, and thank you for looking! Your satisfaction is important to us. It will be our pleasure to leave you great feedback in return! (adjacent to I-95, exit 30, in historic Pawtucket, RI) is the highest volume antiques mall in the American Northeast! We are a magnet for rare and unusual items! AUCTIONS are listed with NO RESERVES. Be sure to watch for periodic SALES and Price Reductions! Thanks for looking and check back often! New Items are listed EVERY WEEK. 345 Fountain Street Pawtucket, RI 02860. Come visit us in Rhode Island, or find us on the web! Get images that make Supersized seem small. Showcase your items with Auctiva's. The item "Antique 19thC Victorian 22K Gold Carved Shell Cameo Bouquet Pin Brooch Mourning" is in sale since Saturday, June 20, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "ri2u" and is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. This item can be shipped worldwide.