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Extra Large Rose Gold Swallows Bird Antique English Silver Locket


Rose gold birds or swallows in flight adorn the top portion of this extra-large locket.  Measuring 2.5" long, this locket is much larger than most providing a large palette for its message.  With the rose gold birds and the lightly engraved branch in the lower right quadrant, it has a bold meaning.  Swallows symbolized "I Will Return."  As with most Victorian pieces, they were given so the recipient would have a constant reminder.  Thus, this locket much have been given as a loved one was leaving for a trip.  

Hallmarks on the back.  Back is plain. 

Closes tightly and remains shut. No major dents, dings, or issues.

Chain and locket are sold separately. If a different chain is preferred, please contact us and we will gladly assist you in finding just the a loright look.

The ideology in Victorian times was that more was better. Thus, ladies would be adorned with several lockets and bracelets at one time which is why the bracelets were designed with flat sides to make it easier for them to stack and chains will be found in all lengths. This line of thinking better explains the elaborate details of the lockets, earrings, and chains.  Some think of this time as being simpler, but it really was a time of lavishness.  The silver jewelry was often their traveling jewelry while they would save their jewels for galas and gatherings. 

These pieces were not mass produced; thus, each piece is truly a work of art.  They were not made for export to the United States which makes their availability limited. Often one will see pictures of Queen Victoria wearing a locket or another bold piece of jewelry.  This was deliberate as she wanted to promote the industry.  She was so successful that they had to open an assay office in Birmingham.  Assay offices were where the piece was impressed with a stamp indicating type of metal, year of production, and origin of production.  This was certifying the piece by the Crown…somewhat similar to notarizing something today.  Prior to the opening of the Birmingham assay office, the jewelry makers had to send all their wares to London for testing.  Once tested, the piece would then be marked and could be sold for silver. There are books to help you identify each of these assay marks.  The majority of the pieces sold were not marked as there was not a safe means to transport the items to and from the assay offices. 


2.5" long x 1.75" wide


Closes tightly and remains shut. No major dents, dings, or issues.

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