Having just returned from London I was pleased to find this fine antique Victorian silver locket. It is from the Aesthetic Period of design brought about by a trade agreement in 1854 between the United States and Japan by Commodore Perry. The world was now introduced to Japanese artistry, including the mixed metal arts of shakudo and shibuichi.
In this example the desirable rectangular shape lends itself to the intricacy of design. The cartouche, the mixed metals created by rose gold vermeil, exhibit the Japanese
influence on design. For further examples refer to Victorian Jewelry, Unexplored Treasures, by Dawes and Davidov pg.37.
The locket opens and closes securely and is in excellent condition. It retains the original bezel and glass inserts and can house two photos of choice. The locket measures a bold 2 1/4 inches from the top bail X 1 1/8 across. Lovely joined with an English silver collar or chain. It also looks beautiful with a niello chain because of the use of mixed colors. England circa 1880.