Antique Victorian mourning compartment earrings with gold ear wires

RARE! Antique Victorian compartment earrings, set in gold with shepherd's hook ear wires. We have never seen a pair of compartment earrings like this, obviously intended to hold locket-style photographs or possibly hairwork. These may have been mourning earrings or they have have been worn to honor a living, beloved friend or family member. The pair is sturdy with picture frame-style removable backs and a decorative, twisted gold frame. You could set them with colorful or patterned paper, photographs, pressed flowers, or another (thin!) memento of your choice. Incredible!

Measurements: Just over 1" drop
Era: 1900s-1910s
Markings: faint marks on the ear wires, possibly for gold karat
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