When you see this locket, you know it's time to let yourself get carried away! The combination of an antique, Art Nouveau locket with an equally antique photo album of Montevideo, well, it's enough to make one feel a warm sea breeze and pack up the trunks. Souvenir lockets and other items labeled `Souvenir' originated in the Victorian era, for much the same reason we buy souvenirs today (incidentally, the world souvenir is French for `to remember'). But this locket supersedes the vast majority of souvenir lockets out there. The original photoalbum from Montevideo, Uruguay, is still there, and it has more of the typical souvenir look on the back of the locket. The front, though, is exquisite, a demure, dreamlike lady is surrounded by the whiplash curves so admired in the Art Nouveau era. Locks of luxuriant hair mingle with impossibly curved stems of the poppies that open gently over her head, shading her, protecting her, and perhaps contributing to the dreamy look on her face. The locket opens like a notebook, with a cute little catch at the bottom, which unlatches, letting the top flip up. Flights of romantic fancy perfectly combine with flights of travel fantasy. Feeling in an artistic, elegant kind of mood? Gaze on the glory of the front of the locket. Feeling restless, eager to explore new sights, perhaps with a whiff of an antique air of a famous city? Open and enjoy your own private photo album, full of sights like `Avenida de Eucaliptus,' `La Aduana,' or the `Plaza de la Constitution.' The locket itself is fresh from Buenos Aires, Argentina (you can see the envelope in the last picture), Uruguay's close neighbor. A fabulous, all-original locket that I would term `multipurpose,' except that word seems far too ordinary for such a beauty!
Condition: Very good antique condition. It is made of copper with a silver wash and the silver wash has worn away in a couple of places, leaving the lady and her surroundings with some very attractive copper highlights, which I have tried to show accurately in the photographs. The first page of the photoalbum has peeled back a little, but not too badly. The locket itself measures 1 1/8" by ¾", not including the loop or bale.