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This gilt metal and black enamel rectangular brooch features an urn and willow tree at its center. The urn is set with brown hair in a basket-weave pattern under beveled glass. The edges of the brooch and the urn reserve are framed in a gold border chased with floral scrolls. The urn top and base are highlighted in white enamel. The brooch closes with a hinge and hook on the reverse (the hinge pin is missing).
1 3/16 x 1 1/16 x 3/16 (HxWxD) (inches)
For an almost identical brooch see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998): 94. For more information on hair jewelry see Bell, C. Jeanenne, "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry," (1998); Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," v. 2 (1991): 680-698; Campbell, Mark, "The Art of Hair Work: Hair Braiding and Jewelry of Sentiment with Catalog of Hair Jewelry," Eds. Jules & Kaethe Kliot (facsimile of 1875 printing, 1996); Dawes, Ginny Reddington & Corinne Davidov, "Victorian Jewelry: Unexplored Treasures," (1991): 139-143; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 98-107, 214-219.