Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Locket, 1880’s
Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Locket, 1880’s The rectangular locket with applied wirework, hand-engraved plant & insect decoration and applied gold motifs to corners. Plain polished reverse. Length including bale 5.5cm. Width 3cm.
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. 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: Very good vintage condition, age appropriate scuffmarks. Closing firmly.
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