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GeorgianUrn & PlinthMourning Pendant

An urn on a plinth, hair, and seed pearls are classic symbols we see in mourning jewelry. On this incredible mourning miniature the urn and plinth are actually fashioned from hair and adorned with gold wire and seed pearls. In the background is an orderly stand of cypresses. The dedication at the top reads: Mary Barkely Ob 6 June 1787 Ae 49. This incredible piece is made all the more remarkable by the fact that it comes it its original fitted box.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), hair, seed pearls

  • Age

    Dedicated for 1787

  • Condition

    Excellent - small stain to the white silk lining on the upper lid of the box

  • Size

    1 7/8" length including the bale, 1" width

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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