Friday, 5 August 2011
19th Century Coffin Pendant.
"A most extraordinary gold pendant in the form of a coffin. On one side, the compartment is set with a weave of brown hair, overlaid with the gold initials GEB and an ivory plaque inscribed in sepia : Aged 34 Died Aug 15, 1785. Around the hair is an enamelled border inscribed : Twas the last pang that tore him from my breast. The other side is set with a weave of blonde hair, overlaid with the initials MAW and a sepia on ivory plaque inscribed : Aged 83, Died Nov 1838. It is bordered with an enamelled inscription : Tho lost to sight to memory dear. It is 2 inches long and 3/4 of an inch wide at its widest point. It comes in a fitted travelling case. An amazing memento mori piece.