Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Locket,1880’s
Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Locket, 1880’s. The front panel of the oval locket with hand engraved floral and foliate decoration, the oval central panel depicting a woman in period costume. Beaded decoration to frame. Plain polished reverse with engraved boarder. Length including bale 6.5cm. Width 3.8cm.
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.
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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