Early Love Token Lace Pin w/Painting on Porcelain, 12kt Gold

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    A romantic betrothal scene hand-painted on porcelain. The panel is set in its original 12kt gold frame.  Judging from the subject of the painting and from the ornately worked frame, this pin was most likely given as a love token.

    Dates to the earliest years of the Victorian period c1830-40 or thereabouts ~ all in very fine condition.  Slight wear to the hand-painting.  The pin clasp at back may be an early replacement.  Porcelain is 7/8" tall, 1/2" wide; the framed pin is a hair over 1" tall, a hair over 3/4" wide.  Measured at the widest parts, where a flower blossom pokes out from the main frame.  

    What we love about lace pins ~  these small, delicate pins were worn at the throat to gather a length of lace worn around a lady's neck.  They also held lace fichus in place. Lace pins were always called pins and never brooches; they were sometimes called handkerchief pins.  They usually had sentimental meanings. Early mourning pins that were exceedingly small and light, woven hair pins and love token pins were all used as lace pins. This continued throughout the 19th century.  Early on, the pins were very little, similar in size to this pin and some even smaller, no larger than 1/2".  During the Victorian era, they became somewhat larger.  This was most likely a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the popularity of machine-made lace, which for a period was the lace of choice for the style-conscious.

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