Appliquéd & Patterned Victorian Silver Locket
Photography was still in its early years during the Victorian era and the lockets crafted during this time clearly reflected such. Larger in size than we would expect, lockets accommodated the photos of an era which had not as yet conquered the technicalities of size adjustment.
Oval in shape, the front of this locket shows a striking interplay of patterns and textures, floral forms and geometrics all which work in harmony to create a dance of light and shadow across the surface. Hand engravings worked into the metal display a delicate simplicity as metal work appliqués of rose and yellow gold create a three-dimensional botanical overlay outlined with a framework of applied high relief stylized geometric forms.
Hinged and designed to open with a flick of the fingernail, the interior reveals two covered photo compartments with original rims. This type of locket pendant was typically worn with a wide silver chain with chased links.
Measurements: 2-15/16 inches (6.9 cm) in length including bale; 2-1/8 inches (4.9 cm) without by 1-5/8 inches (3.8 cm) in width by 7/16 of an inch (1.2 cm) in depth. This antique locket has a weight of 26.6 grams (17.1 dwt).
Condition: Very good; light wear to back as expected with age and use with a few minute indentations; very light reinforcement to back bottom of top bale; one interior glass replaced with plastic insert,
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is English in origin.
Overall Scale: Large