Victorian Agate Gold Enamel Mourning Brooch


Antique Victorian mourning brooch; this is a magnificent brooch set with a central banded agate within an ornately decorated surround of black enamel and engine turned gold.  To the reverse it has an oval glass  compartment containing a lock of hair and a gold spiral to keep it in position.  It is fitted with a post and hook closure.  The brooch is inscribed Edith M. Beaufort from J. S. Cann Lippincott.  Weight: 20.50gm.  Measurements: 5cm x 4.25cm (1 7/8″ x 1 3/8″).  Tested as 15ct gold.  This beautiful brooch is in excellent condition and is supplied with its original presentation box.  C.1880.   We have researched Edith Beaufort, whose husband’s great grandfather invented the Beaufort Scale for measuring wind speed.  Edith was born in 1856 and later became a member of The Order of the Golden Dawn that studied the occult.  The Cann Lippincotts  were the Lippincott Baronetcy of Stoke Bishop in Gloucestershire created in 1778 for Henry Lippincott, later member of Parliament for Bristol.  The title became extinct in 1829.  We are so far unable to establish the link between Cann Lippincott and Edith but have a folder of information regarding her and her family. Ref: K038

Metal: 15ct Gold
Country of Origin: UK
Weight:  20.5gm
Era: 1880s
Condition: Excellent
Ref: K038

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