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Victorian Aesthetic Silver Locket with Bird Motif, with Chain c.1885

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This fine Victorian Aesthetic Silver locket features a beautiful border of stars, beaded edge, and a charming hand-engraved bird in flight.

A wonderful, genuine piece of antique jewellery, it was made in England in the year 1885 under the reign of Queen Victoria and is fully hallmarked English Silver. 

Victorian Aesthetic was a period in time where jewellery was inspired by naturalistic themes such as birds, leaves and flowers. Japanese-style elements like bamboo, fans and serene, minimal landscapes were also popular. It was a result of both the Japanese trade relations that had opened during the mid 1800's and a corresponding trend toward a simpler more refined sense of design. And we can understand why they loved it so much!

The locket is large measuring tall and over 3.5cm wide, and weighs over 28g with the chain. As such it has a lovely feeling of quality to it, and the gorgeous repousse embossing work adds welcome detail and texture.

It's the perfect gift if you wanted to add photographs or a sentimental note, and is offered in fantastic condition.

It comes complete with a robust 25" or 64cm long antique chain, with a large Sterling Silver bolt ring clasp.

ERA: Victorian c.1885

MEASUREMENTS:  The body of the locket measures 42mm tall x 33mm wide x 9mm thick.
The chain measures 25" or 64cm, and is 3mm thick.
Weight: 28.6g (inc. chain)

MATERIALS:  Sterling Silver

HALLMARKS: The Lion Passant for Sterling Silver. Birmingham assay, date letter "L" for the year 1885, and the Maker's Mark "H.W" (or "M.W" as it's slightly unclear).

CONDITION:  Excellent
This Large Victorian Aesthetic Silver locket is just a fabulous example of Victorian aesthetic design.  The hinge is in perfect condition so the locket opens and closes smoothly and shuts tight with a firm snap. There are original frames in both sides and we've added perspex panes to keep your pictures looking fresh for years to come. The Silver is in fantastic condition and the front of the locket, in particular, is immaculate. There is a lovely dark patina developing in the recesses so the piece has a wonderful antique charm. There is some very minor surface abrasion to the bottom of the rear of the piece although this is only visible on very close inspection and is not visible when the locket is being worn.  The chain is in perfect condition so you can wear this locket with confidence. Overall a charming and unique antique locket that is a pleasure to wear with any outfit!


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