Antique Victorian Silver Gilt Locket Necklace

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Antique Victorian silver gilt locket adorned with engravings of flowers and ivy. The central design has a woven pattern around it giving the locket a scalloped edge. Inside the locket there are two compartments where pictures could be held. The locket is made from silver gilt, this is the process of laying gold over silver.

 

The locket is strung on a thick Victorian pinchbeck chain with a new gold tone clasp. Pinchbeck is a metal alloy consisting of brass, zinc and copper made by Christopher Pinchbeck in the 1720s. He was a London clockmaker and Pinchbeck was developed as an alternative to gold. The material was lighter and did not tarnish and could be made into intricate designs.

 

During the Victorian era, young Victorian women would hide a picture of a man they admired, if the man offered up a lock of hair, a marriage proposal usually would follow. Lockets were considered a statement of an intention to marry.

 

In the Victorian era the Ivy leaf symbolised love, affection, fidelity, friendship and affection.

 

ERA

Victorian, 1837-1901

 

MEASUREMENTS

The locket measures 4.5cm / 1.7" in height (excluding bail) and 3.7cm / 1.4" in width. The chain measures 51cm / 20" in length and 2.5cm / 0.09" in wdith.

 

CONDITION

Excellent.

 

SKU

6181

Antique Victorian silver gilt locket adorned with engravings of flowers and ivy. The central design has a woven pattern around it giving the locket a scalloped edge. Inside the locket there are two compartments where pictures could be held. The locket is made from silver gilt, this is the process of laying gold over silver.

 

The locket is strung on a thick Victorian pinchbeck chain with a new gold tone clasp. Pinchbeck is a metal alloy consisting of brass, zinc and copper made by Christopher Pinchbeck in the 1720s. He was a London clockmaker and Pinchbeck was developed as an alternative to gold. The material was lighter and did not tarnish and could be made into intricate designs.

 

During the Victorian era, young Victorian women would hide a picture of a man they admired, if the man offered up a lock of hair, a marriage proposal usually would follow. Lockets were considered a statement of an intention to marry.

 

In the Victorian era the Ivy leaf symbolised love, affection, fidelity, friendship and affection.

 

ERA

Victorian, 1837-1901

 

MEASUREMENTS

The locket measures 4.5cm / 1.7" in height (excluding bail) and 3.7cm / 1.4" in width. The chain measures 51cm / 20" in length and 2.5cm / 0.09" in wdith.

 

CONDITION

Excellent.

 

SKU

6181

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Ring Size Guide
UK US EUROPE Diameter (mm)
Size J 5 49 15.6mm
Size K 5 1/2 50 16.0mm
Size L 6 51 16.4mm
Size M 6 1/2 53 16.8mm
Size N 7 54 17.2mm
Size O 7 1/2 55 17.6mm
Size P 8 56 18.0mm
 
Bracelet Size Guide
WOMEN LENGTH
Petite 7"/ 17.7cm
Medium 7.5" / 19cm
Large 8.5" / 21.5cm
Extra Large 9" / 22.8
 
Necklace Length Guide
14" Necklace - fits just around then like a chocker.
16" Necklace - will fall around the base of the neck similar to a collar. The fall of the necklace will depend on the individual size of the wearers neck.
18" Necklace - will fall below the throat at the collarbone.
20" Necklace - will fall a few inches below the collar bone, this length is perfect for a lower neckline.
22" Necklace - will fall below a standard neckline.
24" Necklace - will fall below a standard neckline..
36" Necklace - will fall bellow the bust.

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