The custom of saving locks of hair of someone you'd loved goes back a very long time, but was elevated in the Georgian to Victorian era to a high fine art of jewelry making, and we find many exquisite examples of goods that still house the decorative hair ornament within. Remember, there were no photos, painted miniatures or large portraits were very expensive and reserved only for the very wealthy, the few.
This large locket has 2 sides, and the old early original arrangements of hair from 2 people or perhaps 3 are still almost perfectly arranged within, protected by their undamaged cover glass. The hair within each is arranged in 3 feather-like curls.
One can speculate that perhaps they represent 3 children lost to childhood disease, or perhaps a wife and 2 children - death was often early, undaunted by youth or beauty, or wealth. Yes, this one would have been commissioned by someone wealthy. The solid gold, the precious arrangement of the locks, with gold wire trim - it's a superb piece.
You'll display it when you're not wearing it on a long gold chain, or a black ribbon of silk or silk velvet, which was often how they were originally worn. Very good to excellent condition, not a bit of damage to either of those 2 cover glass compartments, though the gold wires used have floated as you can see, and are no longer in place where they were originally arranged. We find this is often the case. The outer shell of the locket would appear to be a fine gold dress watch, it's large in size.And it is stunningly beautiful. This one has been tucked away for many many generations or truly cherished, one.
The bale tests at 10k gold, by the way, which gave it more strength. I don't think it represents a later addition. The body tests 14k, on the high end, so is perhaps 15k, and the gold is yellow. 23.3 grams in weight, it is 1.5 in diameter. Image Hosting by Ruby Lane.Icon here or above to see more of our inventory, offerings and venues. We have a HUGE assortment of the finest antiques to be found online, all at your fingertips with Antiques & Uncommon Treasure. We're easy to deal with. Our fine inventory is very important. And your ranking of our performance is also very important! We wish to keep our 4.9 - 5 star ratings in all categories. We always insure our items BUT, more importantly, pack them extremely well knowing that most are not replacable. Please remember that when leaving DSR ratings. Listing created with eLister 3.1.2 for Macintosh. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Mourning Jewelry". The seller is "antiquesuncommontreasure" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.