Antique Victorian Silver Collar & Locket, 1880s
Very Handsome Antique Victorian Silver Collar & Locket, 1882. The plain polished collar comprising geometric links (surprisingly contemporary in style) and hung with a substantial oval locket. This style of collar or necklace is typical to the Victorian period and is also referred to a bookchain. A book chain consists of interlocking links of flat, folded metal that are said to resemble to binding of a book.
Metal: Sterling Silver
Weight: 65.3 grams
Length of collar including extension: 47cm
Length of locket including bale: 6cm
Width of locket: 3.5cm
Marks: Locket - Lion Passant, Chester, 1882. Collar not marked.
Condition: Excellent antique condition.
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The locket has been called the 'epitome' of Victorian jewellery types. Suspended from chain or ribbon, a locket was a frequent choice for a gift.
Indeed, it was Queen Victoria's preferred commemorative gift as it could contain hair, photographs and portrait miniatures. These tokens were generally private, concealed from view and shown only to intimates. Garrard's, Jeweller to the Queen, noted that they were given in gratitude, to acknowledge exceptional services, but also as mourning gifts. Interestingly they were also very popular as bridesmaids’ gifts, the tradition beginning with the Royal family.
The Illustrated London News in 1868 wrote "It is the fashion this year for Ladies to wear lockets on black velvet ribbon round their necks, the more lockets you can collect and wear the finer you are. Each locket represents an event such as a birthday or anniversary, a bet - any excuse serves as a pretext for giving a locket'"
Condition: This locket and collar are in excellent condition. A lovely suite.