A an encasement of gold and black enamel surround this beautifully rendered memorial brooch dating from the 1870s. The hair is woven in a basket weave under the central medallion and surrounds the edges of the pin in in little pillows. This pin is in excellent condition witha minimum of fraying as its been lovingly keep in the family until now. I has belonged to a woman whole great grandmother was one of 3 sisters who, upon their mother's death, had 3 memorial brooches made with their mother's hair. This is one of the 3 brooches. 1.25 x 1.50 inches.