Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Locket
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Directory: Archives: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900: item # 1182917
Please refer to our stock # 1335 when inquiring.
Third Floor Antiques
P.O. Box 8135
Parsippany, NJ 07054
This Victorian sterling locket is circa 1860. It reflects the artistry of the Aesthetic movement which originated following the trade agreement with Japan and the United States by Commodore Perry in 1854. This agreement opened the world to the art and culture of Japan. Jewelry and clothing in England and the United States reflected this new appreciation.
This example is a lovely rectangular shaped locket, hand engraved with a folded fan and a scene within a cartouche. Very Asian in inspiration, and the use of rose gold accents reflects the popular mixed metals used in Shakudo jewelry.
The locket opens and reveals two early photos, possibly husband and wife. They are covered with a thin plexi-glass replacing the original glass inserts. The locket opens and closes securely and the bezels can easily be removed if personal photos are desired. It measures 2 2/8 inches down including the bail X 1 1/8 across.
The size and shape of the locket are charming and would look wonderful with a silver chain or with a niello chain. The condition is excellent with slight surface wear. England ,circa 1860