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Unusual Victorian mourning brooch, lily design in delicate sterling silver, most likely worn in the second year of mourning. The brooch is clearly marked 925 for sterling silver but does not carry a makers mark..

Victorian mourning customs required widows to wear specific mourning garments for one year. These were all black, including jewelry. The first six months of the second year, women could shed their mourning garments but were still required to wear black. It is during that phase that jewelry in colors other than black were allowed as long as they were demure and symbolic.

The lily has long been associated with funerals. In Victorian mourning customs, it represented a return to happiness. This brooch would have been a mourning widow's choice of design and material for the second year of her suffering.

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Victorian mourning jewelry, lily brooch of delicate sterling silver


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Ships worldwide from United States
  • Favorited by: 20 people