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Outstanding ZigZag Border Large Engraved Swallow in Flight Victorian Antique English Silver Locket


Fantastically concise and beautifully adorned.  Heavily engraved zigzag outer border allows this locket to exude boldness and a wonderful geometric/archtectural vibe.  Large swallow/bird in flight adorns the main portion of the locket while bamboo shoots create nice ambiance in the top portion.  Its overall Aesthetic Movement motif is in keeping with the Victorian period.  The large swallow symbolizes "I Will Return;" thus, it most likely was given as a momento to remind the recipient he would return from his trip. 

Excellent condition.  No major dents, dings, or issues.  Closes tightly and stays shut.

One of the nicest bird themed lockets we have had as it is bold yet sweet.  Can easily be paired with a simple rolo chain of any length..

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. 


2.25" long x 1.5" wide


Excellent condition. Closes snugly and stays shut.

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