This is a antique French sterling silver mourning locket from the Georgian era. It is very finely made, with heavy thick glazed locket compartments to both sides containing hair mementos. The pansy motif to the the front side was created using a method called palette work. In this technique hair is placed flat and glued to a base. Shapes are then cut out and pieced together to form pictures and flowers. In the the language of Victorian mourning pansies have long been flowers of remembrance and have often been placed upon memorial markers and stones. They are also a symbol of union.
The hair to the reverse is very fine and dark blonde ~ perhaps a child's hair. The hair is held in place on both sides with ancient heavy parchment. The silver is unmarked but tests as at least sterling grade.
Dimensions are : 1 inch in length ex-bale; 3/4 inch in width; depth is just under 1/4 inch; weight is 6.3 grams. Condition is original and very fine with slight signs of glass wear commensurate with it's great age.
A lovely quality Georgian period mourning locket ~ so full of history and very touching ~ to wear or collect.