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Antique Victorian Black Mourning Cross

Antique Victorian Black Mourning Cross

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This is a well constructed solid brass cross pendant.  It was painted with black enamel so it could be worn as mourning jewelry.  This is a simple black cross with no decorations.  It has a heavy weight brass jumpring so it could be attached to a chain etc.  There are a few minor scratches of the paint, but nothing that you would not expect for an antique cross of this age.

Mourning jewelry has been in use as far back as the 15th century, but was popularized during the reign of Queen Victoria.  After she lost her husband Prince Edward at a young age in 1861, she went into a deep mourning period.  She wore black for the rest of her life and required the court to wear black for 3 years!  The populace followed her example.  Here in America, mourning jewelry became popular during the civil war.  Strict first stage mourning jewelry was all black colored. 

Product Details

  • Time period: Victorian, most likely 1860's-1900
  • Materials: Brass, black enamel
  • Measurements: Approx. 2 inches high and a bit more than 1 1/8th inches wide.
  • Designer: Unknown
  • Markings/Signatures: None
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  • *Please note that unlike the other items we sell, these are vintage pieces and should be considered pre-owned. They may have been previously worn and may have wear consistent with vintage jewelry pieces. We do our best to describe materials, probable time periods, any flaws etc. but we are not experts. Our website photos are sized for quick surfing. Contact us if you would like larger photos e-mailed to you or if you have any questions before purchasing!*

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