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19thc Antique Victorian Mourning Black Wedgewood Cameo & Solid Gold Brooch. In America, there were huge numbers of casualties of the Civil War, which left few families untouched. Indeed, many soldiers would clip a lock of hair and leave it with loved ones before leaving for war, to create mourning hair jewelry out of in the event of their deaths. Also unfortunately common in the 1800s was childhood death- historians estimate the childhood mortality rate at anything from one fifth to one third of all children. Indeed, it was considered something that parents expected to endure, and parents were advised not to become too attached to infants. Mourning jewelry made from the child’s hair, or in the latter part of the century, a photograph of the dead body, were treasured mementos for parents.

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19thc Victorian Black Wedgewood Mourning Cameo Gold

Estimate $700 - $1,400Mar 24, 2018