A charming sentimental piece of history this clasp is, dating back to Georgian era- circa 1785. This was more than likely a mourning clasp and probably English origin. The hand painted scene, or sepia miniature depicts a maiden dressed in flowing Georgian clothes sitting beside a weeping willow tree and holding a dove bird.
The dove representing purity, peace, hope & heaven; weeping willow tree representing grief, sorrow and mourning.
The navette shaped sepia miniature has an etched pattern border - the etching has a pretty reflective appearance when viewed at different angles and appears to be a more rosy/copper colour. There is a rounded glass crystal over the top of sepia miniature which, consisted with age, has surface scratches
This clasp was either used for a bracelet or necklace in the day, there is nine holes for the thread - the clasp still works well with a secure click when fastening. On the reverse there is some hand engraving, of what appears to, numerals, cannot decipher however.
A beautiful antique treasure this is, either to use onto a necklace or bracelet, or add to your Georgian sepia miniature collection....
Georgian, circa 1790
31.5mm/ 1- 2/4" length; 20mm / 7/8" width
Very good with normal wear for such antique pieces; consistent with age- scratches to crystal glass, tarnish to pinchbeck, dark mark on the reverse , however face-up not detrimental to this Georgian beauty.