Antique Art Nouveau Silver Spider and Web Locket

I watched a spider spin its sturdy silky web. As it wove its way around and around I couldn’t help but consider how beautiful and majestic its home was. The natural geometry of the toughest substance on earth was being crafted right here, on my back porch. I woke up early the next morning, and I knew exactly what to wear.

This antique Art Nouveau era silver slide locket was handcrafted around 1880, most likely in Germany. It features a repoussed motif of a spider weaving its web among a berry bush with a green paste at the center of the web. The chain measures 19.75 inches in length while the pendant measures 45 x 34.5 mm. Overall, this necklace weighs 11.6 grams. It bears the silver purity mark, “835” on the clasp and “800” on the bale of the locket.

The word “spider” comes from the Old English word “spithra” which is related to the German “spinne”, meaning “spinner”. The term “spinster” is also related, meaning “one who spins thread”.  Did you know that all spiders spin silk, but not all spiders spin webs? The spider on this locket is of the web-spinning sort, and somehow he found the perfect green paste for the center!

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Item ID: LT0318036VS

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