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One of the Best Buttonhole or Motif Antique English Silver Locket


Just fabulous.  An elaborate engraved pattern consumes the top portion of this locket.  Quite possibly pansies or clover forms this pattern. A loop portraying a buttonhole or keyhole is applied over this pattern.  The lower portion is completely plain and perfectly balances the business of the top.  Measuring 2.75" long and 1.5" wide, this is a large, stately piece with an incredibly unique design.  We have not seen another remotely like it.  It is perfect for someone who enjoys buckles or is looking for a truly unique, large locket.

Can be paired with a substantial plain belcher link chain, as shown, or with one with a bit of a design.  Feel free to contact us to allow us to assist you in choosing the perfect chain for you.

Chain and locket are sold separately.

Excellent condition.  Closes snugly and stays shut. Back is plain with no decoration.

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" x 1.5"


Excellent condition. Closes snugly and stays shut.

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