Victorian Diamond and Enamel Mourning Locket Brooch

Victorian Diamond and Enamel Mourning Locket Brooch

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This is a truly exceptional diamond mourning brooch from the early Victorian era. The brooch features the diamond set initials 'REC' on a blue enamel back drop. There is then a small border of old cut diamonds and then a further border of sixteen large bright white old cut diamonds. The diamonds are perfectly matched and are set in cut down silver collets to emphasise their wonderful sparkle.

The initials 'REC' stand for Robert Edward Crompton who was the member of a prominent and affluent British family. The brooch is to commemorate his death and the back is inscribed 'In Memory of Robt Edwd Crompton Died 11th Decr 1840 Aged 36'. There is also a lock of his hair stored in the back locket compartment. The scale, intricacy and no doubt expense incurred upon the creation of this brooch was indicative of the close relationship between members of this family.

The Crompton family name can be traced back to Rev John Compton who settled in Derbyshire during the reign of Charles I. A prominent British family with many notable members, many of whom during their lives became renowned leaders in their respective professions, the Cromptons count a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench (Sir Charles John Crompton) and several MPs (William Brookes Crompton Stansfield Sir Samuel Crompton, 1st Baronet) amongst their ranks. Branches of family have inhabited many estates across the midlands and north of England including Chorley hall, Esholt Hall, Stafford Priory, Stone Abbey, Hilcot and the Barrowby estate (by marriage) and have always played an essential part in the lives of their local communities. One such descendent, Samuel Crompton, was elected as Mayor of Derby in 1758 and 1767 and made high-sheriff of the county in 1768. This tradition was continued by his second son John, who served as Mayor of Derby five times between 1772 and 1826.



Condition: Used (Very Good)
Weight: 15.4 grams
Dimensions: 35mm x 28mm x 10mm
Diamonds: Approx. 7.80 carats, Colour: H-J, Clarity: VS-SI
Tested As: High Carat Gold and Silver
Period Of Manufacture: Early Victorian, Circa. 1840
Box: Antique brooch box

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