This is a large swivel brooch with a wonderful hand painted portrait miniature on thin wafer showing under cover glass on one side, and on the backside of the thick rotating locket portion of the brooch is another locket-style compartment into which one might have placed plaited or arranged hair lock from the lost loved one, or perhaps another small memento if this might have been a love token this young man had made for his beloved bride in honor of their engagement or marriage, which was also done in those times. There is not anything in that backside at this time, however. The brooch locket is mounted on a post and swivels so you can choose to display the portrait or to display whatever you might have in back, changing the entire look of this versatile style of jewelry. We've tested the gold and it does test at 12k, as noted.
Very good to excellent condition just as you see it. The piece must have been well treasured through many generations because it hasn't a single flaw to note. The cover glass is present and undamaged on both sides. The brooch is substantial, as noted in the measurements you see directly noted on our photos. Would be lovely as a bodicer or worn at the collar of a man-style shirt, or just left out in display along with your collection of portrait miniatures. The detail in this painting is remarkably fine. I've scanned it so you can see it well. There is a tiny bit of paint loss, not enough to show up to the naked eye, really. And you can see that the artist has initialed it "F M", but we haven't any information as to who FM is or the sitter, either, for that matter.
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