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Large Engraved Swallow Antique English Silver Locket


Wonderful, large swallow in flight creates the focal point of this lovely English silver locket.  The large engraved swallow appears in a branch of stylized leaves.  Swallows, in the Victorian period, meant "I Will Return."  Thus, this locket was most likely given as a reminder to the recipient that her loved one would return to her.  Back is absent of decoration.

Completely flat with engraved decoration.  Decoration is concise and clear.  Perfect for someone who adores birds or is looking for a simple yet meaningful piece.

Measures 2" long including the bale.  Measures 1" wide at widest.

Chain and locket are sold separately.

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" long x 1" wide


Locket is in excellent condition. No major dents or dings.

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