She vaguely heard the front door of the manor house open and close and briefly wondered who had come. Someone to see her father, no doubt. Moments later her door opened and the housekeeper handed her a small, round bouquet of flowers set on a silver plate. A tussie-mussie, she thought, delighted. There was no note, no indication of where it had come from, just the flowers. She looked at them closely, she knew the language of the flowers, as any Victorian lady would; there were roses for love and chamomile for patience, forget-me-not for hope and remembrance, and hidden within were pansies, whose message was one of secret devotion. When she saw the pansies tucked away inside she smiled, she didn’t need a card to know the exact gentleman who had sent her this, and joy bubbled up from her toes. Years later he gave her this locket, a secret nod to that shared, hidden moment when she had first known that she loved him.
This fantastic locket was hand crafted in 18 karat gold in about 1880, most likely in France. It is set with 8 (probably natural) pearls with a rich creamy luster and a touch of a gray hue. The locket is done in gold kissed with a rosy hue, the pearls are set in silver and the wonderful pansy flower is beautifully engraved and finished. The interior of this locket has a double sided, bezeled glass center that hinges freely to see both sides, so that you can set two photos into the center glass. This mechanism and the finish on the pansy make me think that this locket was made in France, it also has a French diamond shaped makers mark, but not French assay marks. It’s an exquisitely made piece that is a perfect, wearable locket size (not too big, not too small) at 51 mm top to bottom including the bale and 28.5 mm across, it weighs 20.2 grams. This locket has been acid tested to verify the gold content.
This wonderful pansy locket would be the perfect gift of love, secret or not.
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ITEM ID: LTA23112VA