Gold, pearls, hair, glass
Overall: 3/8 x 7/8 x 5/8 in. ( 1 x 2.2 x 1.6 cm )
Rectangular gold mourning brooch with hinged inscription, pin and hook on reverse; obverse has beveled glass oculus with hair worked in a Turk's knot beneath, bordered with chased garland, surrounded by seed pearls, scalloped outer edge is beaded.
engraved: reverse: "J Derby (Oct?) / Nov 26th 1831 / AE 64 ys / M Prince (Oct?) / Jan 22d 1832 / AE 68 ys"
This mourning brooch commemorates John Derby (d. 1831) and his sister Martha Derby Prince (d. 1832), whose hair is in the oculus. John was the father of Sarah Ellen Derby (Mrs. John Rogers, 1805-1877), and grandfather of sculptor John Rogers.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.