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Memento of the Heart Victorian Locket

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Item 10492

The Victorians placed a great emphasis on flowers in their day to day lives. With their ethos of oblique indirectness at the forefront, the use of flowers in art, jewelry and the home became a form of cryptic communication. The word pansy was thought to sound like the pronunciation of the French expression “pensez-a-moi”. Consequently the pansy flower was extensively used throughout this (and the earlier Georgian) era to convey the thought “think of me”.

Adorned with a pansy flower and rendered in vivid enamels of goldenrod yellow, star beam blue, indigo blue and purple-mulberry a hallmarked 18k gold locket is the ultimate romantic conveyance for these poetic thoughts. Within lay two compartments, perhaps one for a photograph and the other for a lock of the beloved’s hair, each with gold rims to enclose a keepsake and memento behind a pane of glass. Alas, one glass remains, the other lost along with the original memories once contained.

Locket measures more than 1-1/8 inches (3 cm) including ¼ of an inch (0.7 cm) bale by just less than 7/8 of an inch (2.1 cm) at the widest and has a weight of 5.3 grams. The chain measures 18 inches (45.7 cm) in total length and weighs 3.8 grams. Together they weight a total of 9.2 grams. Condition is very good; light wear overall; one glass locket cover is missing. If desired, we can insert a replacement of clear plastic. Along back edge are two areas with a few slightly deeper scratches. On the inside of one locket area are jeweler’s marks of the number “18”. Chain is not original to locket, is more modern in date, and is marked “14k” and “Speidel”. Locket dates to circa 1880 – 1890.