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.
Four antique gold brooches; a 15ct bee hallmarked Chester 1885, three in 9ct, one set with a carved bone cameo and two mourning brooches one set with garnets other with seed pearls and dried flowers with rear locket compartment. Wt. 11.2g.
A Victorian shell cameo and gold locket clasp, the classical cameo within a filigree frame; the back-plate engraved '50th night of Cinderella to Mrs Austin, theatre N-York 1831. 40 x 3.5 cm. Note: an operatic production 'Cinderella' at the Park, theatre, N
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