From Genesis 31:49:
And Mizpah; for he said, The Lord watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.
Oh, those lovely sentimental Victorians, they did love any kind of symbolism, whether it was ivy leaves to say ‘I cling to thee’ or flowers to express ‘forget me not’, from horseshoe for luck to hearts and birds for love. They were especially fond of the term ‘Mizpah’ and a locket like this would have been given from one lover to another to indicate their endearment during a period of separation, or sometimes as a mourning token when separated by death.
This fantastic Mizpah locket is one of the nicest that I’ve ever had the pleasure of owning. It is fully repousséd on the front with a deep pattern and the word ‘Mizpah’ and is beautifully engraved on the back. The locket is a wonderful not too big, not too small size and is hand crafted with wonderful detail in 9 karat gold. It measures 45 mm long and 28.7 mm across, and weighs 11.4 grams. It has two inside frames to hold photos. The locket is unmarked but has been carefully acid tested to verify it’s content.
The sweet and lovely locket was made in England in about 1880.
This antique Edwardian silver locket was handcrafted around 1910. It was made in Norway and features brilliant light blue enamel. Inside are two pictures of ancestor children, a boy and a girl, in sepia tones. This translucent locket is 34 mm long and 26 mm wide and weighs 11.4 grams. It is marked with the silver fineness mark, “930S” and "MH". “MH” is Marius Hammer’s maker’s mark. He was a famous jewelry designer and metalworker that was born in Bergen, in 1847, and passed away in 1927. He was known for his jewelry designs, as well as his cutlery and table ware. His enamel has a very distinctive look to it.
Do you see her there? She is Pomona, a wood nymph and the goddess of fruitful abundance. She guards the woodland fruit trees, and looks over gardens and orchards. She wears a cron of crown of grapes and grape leaves as she wanders.
Do you see her there? She is Flore (Flora), the goddess of flowers and of the Spring. She is married to the Gold of the wind and has long been known to hang out for the illustrious Hercules. She wears a horn of plenty and morning glories as her crown.
This fantastic French silver locket bears likenesses of both of these wonderful Goddesses, one on each side. The slide locket features a disk of mother of pearl in one side and a small mirror in the other. This piece is signed by the artist “Ch. Pillet” for Charles Pillet, a member of the Society des Artistes Francias, and award winning metal artist in who worked from the 1880s through the 1920s, and it also bears the boar’s head with is the French assay mark for silver. The locket measures 38.2 mm north to south and 26 mm across and weighs 9.7 grams.
This stunning locket was made in France in about 1890-1900 with a very distinctive Art Nouveau style.
When he’d slipped it onto her wrist and closed the heart lock with a little click he’d whispered into her ear. ‘Now you are mine, I will bind your wrist as you’ve bound my heart.’; and now she held him there, like a secret. A small photo of him lay against her wrist, his face pressed to the exact spot where his lips has first touched her. The world saw a simple gold bracelet with a beautifully engraved heart lock, but to her it was so much more. To her it was a memory, a moment, when she knew he was hers forever.
This stunning heart lock was handcrafted in England around 1860 during the Victorian era; it was made to clasp a bracelet and has a small oval locket to the reverse and a richly engraved floral pattern all around. The locket measures 28 mm north to south and 19.4 mm across. It weighs 3.8 grams and is made of 15k gold. It has no marks but has been acid tested to verify the gold content.
The Victorians were a very romantic lot, you could do worse than to tell her you love her with this beautiful heart shaped lock-pendant.
This silver Victorian brooch was handcrafted in England around 1880. It’s an oval-shaped piece embossed and engraved with an elegant rose motif crafted in pink and yellow gold. Overall, this antique piece measures 40 x 32.8 mm and it weighs 7.1 grams. It bears no marks and has been acid tested.
Brooches are by far the most versatile accessory out there. Dress up a lapel or the center collar of a blouse, decorate your fedora, add a little something to an old bag or leather belt, or fasten that winter scarf stylishly around your shoulders. Honestly, the possibilities are endless!