Aesthetic Sterling Silver Locket Pendant

$750.00 USD  Item: 1583

Lockets became an important fashion accessory in the mid-Victorian era after the death of both Queen Victoria's mother and her beloved husband Albert in 1861. Lockets held the memory of the dear one close to the heart - a lock of hair or early examples of photographs. Large oval lockets such as this were often worn with chunky sterling chains known as book chains.

Whereas ten years earlier, the locket would have been more ornate and detailed, by 1895 Victorians taste became more refined and artistic. Here the aesthetic movement is evidenced in the lovely details of the flying cranes among the reeds and flowers - a classic theme for the period. Wonderful on a substantial silver chain or on a cord, this is a true classic.

Condition: Very Good; surface scratches commensurate with age. One tiny dent under the lower leg of the upper crane.
Measurements: 2 1/4" in length including bale by 9/16" in width
Hallmarks: Full set of English hallmarks with a maker's mark of EU
Gross Weight: 11.5 dwt; (17.9 grams)
Circa: 1895-1901