Traditional Victorian Silver Locket
During the Victorian era day-to-day life for the proper lady and gentleman was regulated by strict rules of etiquette. This code of conduct included not only what was considered “proper” conduct and dress but also dictated what type of jewelry was to be worn. The locket was considered to be the appropriate adornment for daytime wear. Popular wear even among the ladies of the less privileged classes, love of this piece of sentimental jewelry continues to this day.
Realized in silver, this circa 1880 photo locket displays the impact past cultures had upon the jewelers if the Victorian age. The Japanese influence is noted with engraved designs of slender and graceful botanical images, some slightly bending to the gentle gusts of wind. Beading and castellated borders are a result of the era’s fascination with archaeological discoveries. Adding a touch of accent color are appliqués of rose gold upon the silver surface. This period silver locket can become one of the foundation pieces for a jewelry wardrobe or collection.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 1-1/2 inches (3.8 cm) in length by 1-3/16 inches (2.9 cm) at the widest by 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) in depth. Weight of 8.7 grams (5.6 dwt).
Hallmarks: Full set of English hallmarks for Birmingham and a date letter representing 1880; maker's mark partially obscured with last letter of "C".
Condition: Excellent; light wear to reverse commensurate with age and use; one rim for a photograph and new plastic insert.
Origin: English in origin.
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