Dating to c.1800, I am thrilled to present this one-of-a-kind Georgian mourning locket with all of the "bells and whistles" for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 2 1/8" long from the top of the bail x 1 5/8" wide, this sentimental jewel is a rarity indeed! Likely French in origin, the locket boasts black, white and gold eglomise decoration with a trophy motif at the bottom, and golden stars on each side. However, it was the amazing contents of this locket which caught my attention! Through the window of the locket one finds a large hair token laid out on card, with a green and gold wreath above two doves drinking at a fountain, representing the Doves of Pliny! Just outstanding!
The fountain, like the wreath, appears to be painted directly onto the hair token, but the bottom of the fountain and the birds are actually three-dimensional! These elements appear to be wrought from built-up gold paint with black painted details, and the urn may have also been built up at one time, but it appears that it was painted in green right over the hair token. This could be considered a minor loss, and I am setting my price with this bit of wear in mind, but this image is intact after over 200 years, and "reads" beautifully when worn as a pendant on a medium-weight gold chain. SO RARE!
Most intriguingly, the white eglomise paint to the frame suggests that this mourning pendant was crafted for an unmarried person, as white was only used in the death of a child or an unmarried adult. Unfortunately, we will never know who's life this piece commemorates; as with most Georgian sentimental pendants, this example is not inscribed. This locket has made it into the 21st century in excellent all-around condition, and the locket opens and closes. The reverse of the locket is set with a swatch of felt which appears to have a bit of Scotch tape to the back; this was probably added recently to center the contents, but could be easily removed by the new owner if he or she desires. (This is the way it came in,and I do not like to tamper with the contents of the locket).
If you love the best in Georgian memorial jewels, this elegant pendant belongs around your neck and in your collection! It would also make a lovely holiday gift for any lady fond of early sentimental jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind treasure; layaway is not available on this item, but it is priced for quick sale, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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