This medium-sized sterling heart locket dates to the Edwardian or late Victorian period. The outside of the locket has two sets of engraved initials - 'WK' on one side, and 'MA' on the other, and these may be the initials of the man and woman whose photographs are inside the locket. The locket was made by Wightman & Hough Company of Providence, Rhode Island. W&H Co. made high-quality lockets and other jewelry from about 1856 to 1922. They heavily advertised their lockets, and copies of the ads can be easily found in an internet search.

Both of the metal inserts that hold the photos in place are in excellent condition. The plastic covers are also present, but so discolored that the photos beneath cannot be seen. For practical purposes, you can make new plastic covers from something as simple as the thin plastic containers produce comes in, and still keep the originals hidden away beneath the photos. When using my own photos in a vintage or antique frame or locket, I always keep the original photos and covers underneath them.

The maker mark of 'W&H Co.' in a heart, with the word sterling below, is on the inside of the locket under the photo on the left . Their ads say, "The little heart trademark stamped on the inside of each locket is your assurance of correct style, exquisite finish and dependable quality." The hinge is made in such a way that it's almost invisible. There are little grooves on the opposite edge to make it easier to open the locket, which closes securely with a satisfying snick. The wide, oval hanging ring looks to be original to the locket.

The hand-engraved initials are done in a beautiful and highly stylized script. The finish is indeed lovely, and the silver has a mellow patina and fine surface scratches commensurate with age. On one side of the locket there is a tiny dent under the uppermost-left part of the letter 'K'.

The locket measures approximately 1 1/4" tall by 1 1/8" wide. In the last photos it is shown beside a quarter and next to ruler for scale.

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1 1/4'' by 1 1/8''
Sterling Silver

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Antique Sterling Silver Heart Locket - Engraved Front and Back - Wightman & Hough, W&H Co.


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