Antique 1860s Victorian 14K daguerreotype photo brooch
A solid 14K gold Victorian photo brooch with a portrait of a handsome man in a lidded compartment engraved, "To my wife." I believe this is a daguerreotype since it appears to be done on silver (tarnished edges) and the image is monochromatic. The viewing angle determines the clarity of the image and the tones are cool and ghostly. The portrait is set under glass inside a covered compartment, protecting it from light. The lid is ornately engraved with a foliate motif and the phrase "To my / Wife" across a banner. The frame of the brooch has tiers of scrolling, sumptuous Rococo Revival design, typical of photo and hair work brooches from the time period. It is possible that this was a gift from a husband to a wife, given before he left to fight in the Civil War. Tube hinge and updated safety clasp.
Measurements: 2 3/8 x 1 7/8", 22 grams
Era: Victorian, ca. 1860s
Markings: Engraved "To my wife."
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