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Gold and enamel mourning brooch

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Gold and enamel mourning brooch
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This gold and enamel mourning brooch, set with locks of hair, belonged to the mother of Margaret Arnot from Angus. It dates from the late 19th century.

The domed centre is of dark brown glass. The two locks of hair are encased in glass at the back of the brooch.

In the 19th century the etiquette of mourning became more complex and more widespread especially for women. Queen Victoria was widowed in 1861 and wore mourning dress from then until her death 40 years later. Her example was followed by widows everywhere.

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