Antique Silver Victorian Large Locket c. 1880

In Scotland, the thistle is the national symbol, it stands for pain, protection, and pride. There is a legend based in the 13th century in which the Norse King’s soldiers invade a Scottish Coastal town. This Viking King plotted to sneak slyly in on the Scottish Clansmen and Highlanders, while they slept. They chose to go barefoot. One of the soldiers stepped on a thistle and cried out in pain. His scream was so loud it woke the Scots. So, the battle began prematurely and the Scots were victorious. How factual this myth is, is up to interpretation. But around this time, the thistle became a symbol of pride in Scotland.

This antique Victorian silver locket was handcrafted in England around 1880. It features a repousséd thistle motif surrounded by flowers on one side with a blooming thistle on the other. When opened, this detailed oval locket reveals a place to hold a photograph or tiny note. The overall measurements are 61 x 38 x 12 mm and it has been acid tested. This pendant locket weighs 12.4 grams.

In the Basque region, a thistle is called the ‘herb of the witches’, or the ‘flower of sun’. It’s hung on doors to stop black magic and maladies from entering a household. There’s a lot of history and lore around this humble plant, and for good reason. It’s strong and durable, unassuming and powerful.

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