Antique Victorian Mourning Hair Locket-backed Pendant with Enamel Snowdrops

They’re the first to appear, but don’t bring them inside lest you invite death in with them. The flattering curves of the snowdrop flower bear just enough of a resemblance to a shrouded corpse that it’s not difficult to understand why the flower has had a centuries long association with the art and fashion of mourning. 

This beguiling little locket backed pendant is a wonderful example of Victorian mourning jewelry. It’s enameled on the front with two bright white snowdrop flowers set against a background of bright cobalt blue. The back of the pendant contains a locket set with a swirled lock of two peoples hair (the hair has suffered a bit of discoloration over the years). Around the enamel panel, the pendant is inscribed to read: Susan Hurle Cox Obt 26 May 1849 at 37. It seems that sweet Susan was outlived by her husband, George, and after his death his name was added to pendant around the outside edge; this reads: George Cox April 22nd 1877 aged 75. 

This romantic pendant was hand crafted in England around 1849 and acid tests as 18 karat gold, its in good condition commensurate with age. It measures 34.2 mm long and 23 mm across and is 5.2 mm thick, weighs 6.6 grams. 

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 Item ID:PTA17122VA

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