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The photographic brooch of the bearded gentleman, circa 1860s, was printed on milk glass and contains a locket of hair pressed under glass at the back. The locket at the center is gold with black and white enamel. It depicts a suspended urn, which is a Victorian symbol of mourning. The photographic gold and black enamel brooch at the extreme right is, I suspect, a Civil War widow based on her “widow’s weed” and the patriotic symbolism of the surrounding gold stars. One may wonder why the brooch would contain the widow’s image rather than a photograph of her husband. The answer, which is supposition based on experience, is that perhaps she didn’t have a photograph of him – not everyone could afford the cost of a photograph during this time.

The photographic brooch of the bearded gentleman, circa 1860s, was printed on milk glass and contains a locket of hair pressed under glass at the back. The locket at the center is gold with black and white enamel. It depicts a suspended urn, which is a Victorian symbol of mourning. The photographic gold and black enamel brooch at the extreme right is, I suspect, a Civil War widow based on her “widow’s weed” and the patriotic symbolism of the surrounding gold stars. One may wonder why the brooch would contain the widow’s image rather than a photograph of her husband. The answer, which is supposition based on experience, is that perhaps she didn’t have a photograph of him – not everyone could afford the cost of a photograph during this time.

The photographic brooch of the bearded gentleman, circa 1860s, was printed on milk glass and contains a locket of hair pressed under glass at the back. The locket at the center is gold with black and white enamel. It depicts a suspended urn, which is a Victorian symbol of mourning. The photographic gold and black enamel brooch at the extreme right is, I suspect, a Civil War widow based on her “widow’s weed” and the patriotic symbolism of the surrounding gold stars. One may wonder why the brooch would contain the widow’s image rather than a photograph of her husband. The answer, which is supposition based on experience, is that perhaps she didn’t have a photograph of him – not everyone could afford the cost of a photograph during this time.

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