Victorian Peacock Locket Pendant
The Victorians loved labradorite, especially small carved animal and bird figures used for stickpins. We rarely see its use in larger pieces. Here we have a quite large piece of labradorite carved into an oval locket pendant. The stone has gorgeous color veins with flashes of teal, turquoise and yellow which is best seen when movement allows the light to capture and truly showcase its inner properties.
The blue and green front is beautifully completed with a three-dimensional representational rendering in silver of a peacock with a red glass cabochon eye. Nicely detailed erect crest and tail feathers are appointed with iridescent blue paste cabochons emulating the “eyes” and forty-six (46) natural half-seed pearls (untested but assumed natural due to age and examination) cover and follow the curves and lines of the chest and wings and original silver bale. Well designed and crafted, please note the little wrinkled legs and feet upon small wooden logs.
The reverse reveals the silver rimmed glass locket back. The removable glass cover allows access to the interior compartment which is suitable for a photograph, plume of hair or other keepsake.
Measurements: 2-1/4 inches (6 cm) in length by 1-5/16 inches (3.3 cm) in width. Weight of 26.6 grams (17.1 dwt).
Hallmarks: One indistinct European mark to top of bale.
Condition: Excellent; even light to medium wear to bale.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is European in origin.
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