Very nice detailed wheat brooch measuring 3-1/4" high. Very nice quality. Wheat symbolized success - as in a successful harvest and was often used on certificates and rewards of merit in the Victorian era. Wheat was also a symbol used frequently found in mourning jewelry - especially in hair pictures and jewelry depicting "new life".
Mourning Jewelry actually began around the 17th century and continued in various mediums throughout England and France. The popularity peaked during the reign of Queen Victoria upon the dealth of Prince Albert. Popularity increased in the United States during the Civil War and woven hair jewelry became a popular parlour art. Please visit our Mourning Gallery for mourning jewelry resources, sympathy and condolence quotes, photos and more. Our Main Site Gallery will list our current items for sale.
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