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Georgian Eye Miniatures c.1790-1905

21 September 2012

 

 

When I first saw some pictures of eye jewelry I immediately thought it was made by a Surrealist from the 1930's.  I was amazed it was that much older.  Apparently it was a huge fashion in France and they later were used as love tokens in the UK.  Sometimes they have pieces of hair of the beloved enclosed behind. The fashion persisted until the end of the 19th century, I saw a broach with a mans eye in it from 1905 but supposedly that's very late.  Well I'd love an eye broach, they are rather crazed aren't they?

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