18th C. Sacred Heart Locket
Since the beginning of time humankind has clustered itself into many tribes, groups, societies and cultures; all of which have incorporated a wide variety of symbols and icons that are venerated by specific groups. Here is an example of an 18th century Christian theme uniting the elements of Jesus of the Sacred Heart and Mary of the Immaculate Heart.
Crafted of silver is a three-dimensional heart locket engraved in French “Coeur de Jesus” (Heart of Jesus) on one face and “Coeur de Marie” (Heart of Mary) on the other. The body of the piece has been inscribed with the name “Marie Mendisco”; most likely the owner of the locket or perhaps a memorial piece dedicated to a beloved individual. With lines characteristic of typical 18th century jewelry, the sculptural qualities of the piece are reflected in both the bulbous design form and the top s-shaped bale.
Measures more than 1-1/4 inches (3.3 cm) in length including bale; the heart itself is more than 5/8 of an inch (1.7 cm) by ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) and is more than 3/8 of an inch (1.1 cm) in thickness. Weighs 3.4 grams. In good condition with medium wear, a tad wear to the engraving and a few minor indentations. The heart closes securely with the edges of one side not quite flush (see photos). Enshrouded overall with a classic patina, the interior has a few scratches and wear. Dates to the 18th century.