Photographic memorial brooch, c 1880.


Photographic memorial brooch, c 1880.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 28cm x 32cm


A photographic portrait of a woman set into a memorial brooch, taken by an unknown photographer in about 1880. The words 'in memory of' are engraved in gold around the frame. This brooch may have been worn as a piece of mourning jewellery, but may also simply have been a way of remembering a loved one and preserving their image. Photographic jewellery quickly became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones.

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