French 18thC Memento 15kt Locket Lace Pin c1780

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A miracle of survival, this is an intriguing, beguiling, poignant lace pin.  Made in France.  It is made of solid 15kt gold and is a glazed locket. Inside the locket is a miniature diorama. A willow tree, symbolic of a lost loved one, has a trunk meticulously made of pristine seed pearls. The branches and leaves of the willow are paper.  Forget-me-nots, another symbol of affection, are made of glass beads. Burnished gold beads form a basket that holds a plaque with writing on it, an odd shape with what looks like 112.  For the ground, there is fine, fine hair.  A masterpiece in miniature and in beautiful, beautiful condition.  The gold that frames the miniature is worked in what I interpret as a sunburst effect.  The original pin c clasp and pin shaft is on the back. The shaft extends beyond the pin's perimeter, denoting an older piece.  Made to secure laces at the throat, this piece is worthy of being framed and exhibited.  However, it is secure enough to be worn as often as you'd care to wear it. A tiny 11/16" in diameter.  Free USA Shipping and Insurance


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