You’ve been there, done that. It’s time to move on, to something a little more…compelling. Audacious. Dare I say it, irresistible? I have just the locket. It’s addictive. I wore it in Beziers in August to watch the bullfighting. In spring, I found it went well in Cove Bay, while picnicking on the sands. It’s big enough to hold a photo or a secret, but not big enough for a snack.
This stunning antique silver locket was handcrafted in Birmingham, England, in 1882, during the Victorian era. It’s an ornate piece decorated in foliate motifs on both the front and the back. The back also features engraved flowers and a banner. This oval locket measures 60.5 x 38.8 x 12.5 mm and it weighs 11.6 grams. When opened, one frame is revealed, ready for a beautiful photograph of your own. It bears the anchor mark for Birmingham, the date letter, “h”, and the lion passant mark for sterling silver. The maker’s mark reads, “I.W”.
Sensibility lies in the eye of the beholder. I’m sure that’s the phrase. In any case, it’s rather a rock-solid argument for wearing the things you love whenever your heart desires. Trust me, your heart will want this locket strung around your neck and hanging near it every day of the week.
When the Victorians invented the collar and locket as the de rigor daywear for women, they were really onto something. This timeless design has become quite the classic, it is wearable in a myriad of ways and goes with everything. If you’re looking for that one jewel to take along a journey that you know you can wear night or day, dress up or down, look no further than a collar and locket set just like this one.
This wonderful hand crafted collar and locket is beautifully engraved on one side and stunningly simple on the other. You can wear it so many ways, engraved side out or smooth side out, with or without the locket, any way you wear it, it’s guaranteed to garner compliments. It was made in England in about 1880 and the collar is 17.5 inches long, the larger links measure 20 x 9 mm and the locket measures 63.4 x 38.6 mm. This beauty has no hallmarks but has been carefully acid tested as sterling silver, it weighs 62.8 grams. The locket opens easily and closes with a satisfying little snap.
For that steampunk Victorian lover in your soul, this locket feels contemporary and antique all at once!
$ 2,240.00 $ 2,800.00
The average life expectancy of a woman born in 1800 in England was about 35 years. By comparison, dear Mary Ann Gillett’s life of 67 years must have seemed quite long and luxurious. Her life was celebrated with the construction of this amazing locket which contains a lock of her hair clasped with seed pearls and gold wire, opposite her hair is an elaborately engraved plaque with her name and the date of her death.
This stunning locket is in amazing condition, likely due to living most of its life in its original fitted box. The front is set with ten pearls and a banded agate and decorated in rich black and white enamel, it reads ‘In Memory Of’. The back of the locket is equally beautiful and showcases a spray of ivy leaves (sorry, we could have cleaned it better!). This locket measures 54 mm north to south and 31.8 mm across, it’s 10.9 mm thick and weighs 24.4 grams; it has no hallmarks, but careful acid testing reveals it to be made of 18 karat gold. This beautiful piece was hand crafted in England in about 1874. The interior inscription reads: ‘Mary Ann Gillett, died 20th Aug..st 1874, Aged 67’. The locket is presented in it’s original fitted box lined in blue velvet, together the locket and box weigh 50.6 grams.
The presence of white enamel on memorial pieces sometimes symbols that the person was unmarried, perhaps the reason Mary Ann lived to such a ripe old age was that she didn’t have to go through the perils of childbirth?
Engraving is becoming a lost art, but when this slide locket was made it was a sport at the top of its game. The French engravers, in particular, were amongst the best in the world and could create images with engraving that were fantastically realistic, like tiny paintings in metal.
This French silver slide locket is adorned with fabulously detailed engravings of thistles on both sides. Hand crafted in around 1880, this locket contains two frames to hold your photos. The locket is a lovely large size and measures 55.2 mm north to south and 40 mm across; it weighs 16.5 grams. The locket is marked with French assay marks for silver and also bears a makers mark.
This poetic antique silver slide locket was handcrafted around 1880 in France. It features an engraving which depicts the painting by renowned artist Jean-Honore Fragonard, titled “The Fountain of Love” circa 1785. At the bottom of the engraving, in honor of the artist, reads “ol’pares Fragonard”. Slide open this sentimental locket to find two beveled mirrors nestled inside. It measures 76.5 mm tall and 52 mm across; and weighs 63 grams. This wonderful piece is hallmarked and bears the French boar’s head and a maker’s mark. An enchanting locket, and perfect memento to a timeless allegory of love.