Dating to c.1850, this American locket is a treasure, and holds two original daguerreotypes of a brother and sister!
Measuring 1 3/4" long x 1 1/8" in diameter, this beautiful gold locket is a fascinating example of early photographic jewelry, and is crafted with 14k gold covers and a heavily gold-filled case (all gold unmarked but tested)! The case features fantastic engine turning both front and back, and the watch-style locket boasts deep chasing and engraving as well as its original bail.
But wait; the real treasure lies within! The two daguerreotypes, likely brother and sister, are beautifully-photographed by an expert in early photography! The little boy appears to be about three years old, and gazes out on the viewer with a patience which belies his years (remember that in the early 1850s, an exposure could take up to two minutes)! This little gent is dressed in high fashion for little boys of this date; he wears an adorable military-style basque with braid and buttons picked out in gold paint, with his ruffled collar just peeking out! He has his hair trimmed in a bowl cut with short bangs, and likely just had his "baby curls" cut off!
Big sister appears to be about 10 years old, and she is a beauty! This young lady wears her abundant, dark hair parted in the center and pulled back into shiny sausage curls, a style likely adapted from Mamma. She wears a simple cotton pleated-bodice day dress paired with a long narrow chain and gold locket, likely borrowed for this special occasion. Both of these children would have had parents of some wealth, as to have one's picture taken at this date cost nearly a week's pay for the average worker. SO LOVELY!
Both of the daguerreotypes are in excellent condition, and appear to have been taken in a professional studio. They show the slight halo of patina which is typical in daguerreotypes of the late 1840s-early 1850s, but the two images are crisp and clear! This locket represents the best of American Victorian photography, and is oh-so-wearable! It looks splendid worn on a gold chain, or on a black ribbon in true 1850s style! The case has also survived the past 165 years in excellent condition, with no dents to the high-karat gold covers!
If you love the best in daguerreotype jewelry, this winner of a locket belongs in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for anyone fascinated with American-made Victorian jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this double delight; up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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