A locket is an item of jewellery, usually a pendant worn on a chain around the neck, that is hinged and opens to reveal a space, sometimes called a "keepsake compartment", used for storing a a personal memento, such as a miniature, a photograph or strands of hair. Other styles of lockets are worn as a brooch or bracelet. They have been around in various forms since the 15th century, but reached the peak of their popularity in the 19th century, when sentimentality was part of the national psyche. They are most commonly made of gold or silver, often decorated with precious or semi-precious stones and come in many shapes including ovals, hearts and circles.
An antique gold locket, of circular form. Engine turned decoration to central panel front and back, with bold carved scroll borders. Scroll engraved top ring. Double photo compartment containing two hand-painted miniature. 15 carat yellow gold, circa 1870.
A beautiful diamond set antique gold locket. Victorian, 15ct yellow gold, crafted as a large oval shaped locket measuring 47 x 37mm without bail of smooth plain polished gold, overlaid to front panel with an ornate and intricately arranged floral spray hel
An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo locket, circa 1890, two oval plaques inlaid with silver, coper and gold Shakudo work, one plaque depicting two ducks swiming beneath a cherry blossom tree with mount Fuji in the background, the other plaque depicting phe
An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo locket, circa 1890, two oval shaped plaques inlaid with gold and silver shakudo work, one plaque depicting a junk at sea, the other panel depicting a man and woman in a rickshaw with mount Fiji in the background, length
An early Victorian Japanese Shakudo gilt locket, circa 1890, two oval shape plaques inlaid with silver and gold shakudo work, one plaque depicting a Stork with two babies beneath bamboo and flowers, the other plaque depicting two pheasants beneath flowers
A Victorian paper mache brooch and a gold locket, 48 x 37mm brooch with central painted floral scene in a gold cased frame and a trifold triangular shape engraved locket pendant tests approx 14/15ct, (30 x 23mm), wt. 7.3g
An Australian Commonwealth Military Forces 9ct gold locket, Chester 1916, a round locket with a raised design, the reverse with engraved initials. Hallmarked Chester, 1916.. Provenance: From the collection of Professor GWK (Ken) Cavill., Wt 8.3grams
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