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Very Best Spectacular Insect, Bee, Spiderweb, Swallow Aesthetic Victorian Antique English Silver Locket


WOW!  All the bells and whistles were included in the design of this massive locket.  Measuring 2.75" long including the bale and 1.25" wide, this is the largest English silver locket we have had. All of the varying motifs required a locket of this size.  The top left quadrant is graced with not only a wicked spiderweb but also a bee or insect.  This is the only locket we have had with a spiderweb and to be combined with an insect..how unusual.  Lower portion exhibits a swallow in foliage.  Any possibly desired motif is found on this locket.

Slight bulbous shape adds even more grace to this stunning locket.  It is sure to be a conversation piece and add quite a dimension to your jewelry collection. Back is plain and absent of decoration. 

Can easily be paired with a simple chain of considerable length or one with detailed links which is doubled.  Feel free to contact us to allow us to assist you in achieving just the right look.

Excellent condition.  No major dents, dings, or issues.  Has a few shallow dings.  Closes securely and stays shut.

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. 


2.75" long x 1.25" wide


Excellent condition. No major dents, dings, or issues. Has a few shallow dings. Closes securely and stays shut.

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