The engraved inscription on the inside of the lid reads'Entered into rest Feb''ry 25. The brooch has no hallmarks and tests for 18K gold. A fabulous opportunity to own a beautiful and rare item!
Lover's eye miniatures originated in the late 1700's when George, Prince of Wales (later George IV) felt the need to send his lover, Maria Fitzherbert a token of his love. The relationship was frowned at by the court so he employed a miniaturist to paint only the eye and so the liaison was kept anonymous. In 1785 the couple were married, although this was invalid under the Royal Marriages Act as his father, George III, had not approved.
Maria's eye was worn by George IV hidden under his lapel. This started a fashion of miniature lover's eyes in the courts and affluent families of England, America, France and Russia, a fashion resurrected by Queen Victoria. The brooch measures approximately 1 inch across and weighs about 10.7 grams. The brooch is in very good condition with light general wear.
There is a little enamel loss to the inlaid initials, otherwise there are no issues. The painting is in excellent condition as is the glass.Both hinges work perfectly and the lid closes very tightly. Thanks for looking and please take a look at my other items!
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The item "Antique Victorian Nobility Gold Enamel Hidden Lover's Eye Mourning Brooch 1861" is in sale since Tuesday, October 31, 2017. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "liongoods" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.