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Antique Lockets

These necklaces feature antique lockets from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.
  • Antique Slide and Locket with Moon and Stars Necklace
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    This necklace features an antique rose gold-filled slide and diamond-shaped locket with a crescent moon and stars motif.  They hang from an antique watch chain.  The locket is 1" x 1" and, with the slide, drops a little less than 2" from the chain.  The paste stones are original and darkened with age, and are set inside the etched moon and stars designs.

    The locket is unmarked for metal or maker, however a virtually identical locket was tested at 10k gold.  The locket remains ever so slightly open as it does not "click" to shut.  It securely closes when pressed shut.

    Measures 18" in length with an additional 2" extender.

    Closes with a gold-filled spring ring.

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  • Antique Victorian Slide and Locket Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features an antique rose-gold filled slide and oval locket. The locket is etched with a floral design and embellished with ruby and clear paste stones.  There is some wear on the gold fill on the side where the locket opens, although this is not noticeable from the front view. It measures 1" in length by 3/4" width.  The backside of the locket is inscribed with the name "Ruth."

    Details

    • locket measures 1" x 3/4"
    • necklace is 18" long with a 2" extender chain
    • locket and slide drop 2" from the chain

    Materials

    • antique slide charm and locket
    • gold-filled lobster clasp

    Origin Story

    Inside the locket is a maker's mark of a bee, with the letters RBM Atrice.  Similar lockets date to 1894. The Bee Atrice Mark, with a Bumble Bee, signifies the Little Beatrice Locket line produced by the RB MacDonald Company of Attleboro, Massachusetts.

     

     

    The chain is 18" in length with a 2" extender.  The locket and slide drop 2" from the chain.  Closes with a gold-filled lobster clasp.

     

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  • Antique Gold-Filled Slide and Locket Necklace OOAK
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    Description

    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled slide with glass seed pearls and an amethyst paste stone paired with a two-toned gold locket, circa 1900.  The base of the locket is rose-gold filled, with raised designs of a swallow and flower in yellow gold.  With the slide, the locket drops 1 3/4" from the antique, rose-gold filled watch chain.

    Details

    • 20" long
    • locket is 23 mm wide and high [including bail]

    Materials

    • gold-filled locket
    • gold-filled slide charm
    • rose gold-filled watch chain
    • gold-filled spring ring clasp

    Origin Story

    The maker's mark indicates the locket was produced by the Bliss Brothers, a company founded in 1896 in Attleboro, Massachusetts. 

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.

    Swallows were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry and symbolized home and heart - swallows were said to be the first birds seen on ships as they approached land, and were also known to mate for life.

     

     

     

     

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  • Antique Slide and Locket Necklace OOAK
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    Description

    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique slide and watch fob/locket, circa 1890, on an antique watch chain.  The locket has an inset rhinestone on the front and a cursive monogram on the back [it looks like it is "EJ"].  It hangs from an antique gold filled slide charm with an etched starburst design and embedded glass pearl.

    Details

    • locket is a 3/4" square
    • necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender

    Materials

    • gold-filled spring ring clasp
    • antique gold-filled chain
    • antique gold-filled locket and slide charm

    Origin Story

    The inside of the locket is etched "S.K.M. & CO, " the maker's mark of S.K. Merrill & Company, Providence, Rhode Island, established by Sylvester K. Merrill in 1871.  SKM produced jewelry until 1915.

    The 19th century witnessed many visible comets, including the well known Halley’s comet and Comet Tebbutt, also known as “The Great Comet of 1861”.  These events inspired jewelry design throughout the Victorian era.  This necklace features two etched starburst motifs.  The locket's etching suggests the arc of a comet along with the starburst.

     

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  • Antique Gold-Filled Victorian Slide and Locket with Starburst Motif and Embedded Opal
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    Description

    This one-of-a-kind necklace features an antique gold-filled slide charm with small seed pearls and a single opal connected to a locket with an etched starburst design and embedded opal. 

    The locket, circa 1900, opens and closes securely.  Both picture frames are in tact.  There is a engraved cursive monogram on the backside of the locket.

    The chain is a combination of handwoven, gold-filled chainmail and antique book chain segments.

    Details

    • 18" long with 2" extender chain
    • locket is 28 mm in diameter
    • with the slide and jump ring, the locket hangs about 2 1/2" from the chain. 

    Materials [all gold-filled]

    • lobster clasp
    • jump rings
    • antique locket with opal focal stone
    • antique book chain links

    Origin Story

    On the interior photo holder, the locket is signed W&SB with a star. W. & S. Blackinton Co. (W&SB) was originally a manufacturer of gold jewelry in Meriden, CT and was started by two brothers in 1865. 

    This locket features a focal starburst design.  The Victorians were transfixed with celestial imagery, and motifs including crescent moons and stars adorned jewelry extensively in the mid to late 1800s.  The starburst design was extremely popular in all forms of late 19th century jewelry.  

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  • Vintage Gold-Plated Locket with Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace
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    Description

    This necklace features a vintage gold-plated brass locket, c. 1930, with an etched design, paste stones and glass seed pearls.   It hangs on a chain of gold-filled hand-woven chainmaille links, gold-filled jump rings, and antique rose and yellow rolled gold links from two different 19th-century book chain necklaces.  The locket opens and closes securely, and dangles from an antique, gold-filled pocket watch clip.

    Details

    • locket is 1 1/4" x 1"
    • necklace is 20" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled toggle clasp
    • antique book chain links
    • vintage gold-plated locket
    • gold-filled jump rings
    • antique pocket watch clip

    Origin Story

    The book chain necklace features links shaped like the bindings of books, and was a popular design during the Victorian era.  This necklace style re-emerged throughout the 20th century during various Victorian revival periods, particularly during the late 1930's and 40's.  It is a design that continues to evolve and inspire even in the 21st century.

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  • Antique Gold-Filled Locket with Woman on a Crescent Moon
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    This necklace features an antique 25 mm round gold-filled locket with a repousse design of a woman reclining on a crescent moon.   On the inside of the locket is the maker's mark "W&H CO" inside of an etched heart; this is the hallmark of the Wightman & Hough Co., which was established in 1856 and operated in Providence, Rhode Island. The design suggests that this locket dates to the Art Nouveau era (early 1900s). 

    There is an elaborately etched cursive monogram on the back of the locket, where there are also two slight dimples in the metal.  Two compartments with rings and celluloid covers are in tact on the inside.  The locket opens with ease and closes securely.

    The locket is dangles from an antique gold-filled pocket watch clip attached to a string of old red and gold-tinted cut steel beads, which were produced in France during the late nineteenth century.

    Details

    • 18" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled locket
    • cut steel seed beads
    • gold-filled bar clasp

    Origin Story

    The producer of this locket,  the Wightman & Hough Co., was known for their "sweetheart jewelry" and one of their advertising tag lines was "There's a heart in every locket!" 

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children.  

    Celestial images were very popular Victorian jewelry motifs.  A crescent moon was said to glorify the Feminine Moon Goddess while the stars guided and directed one spiritually.   The moon also symbolized the cycles of nature.

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  • Antique Rose Gold-Filled Locket with Etched Swallow in Flight
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    Description

    This necklace features an antique rose gold-filled locket, circa 19th century, with an etched image of a swallow in flight embedded with paste stones.   The locket's interior picture frame is marked "B MFG CO."  It easily opens and securely snaps shut and is suspended from a handwoven chain made of oxidized sterling silver and rose gold-filled jump rings.  

    Details

    • locket is 28 mm in diameter
    • necklace is 17" long

    Materials

    • gold-filled locket
    • sterling silver jump rings
    • rose gold-filled jump rings
    • gold-filled toggle clasp

    Origin Story

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children. 

    Swallows were a popular motif in Victorian jewelry and symbolized home and heart - swallows were said to be the first birds seen on ships as they approached land, and were also known to mate for life.

     

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  • Antique Gold-Filled Locket with Horseshoe and Paste Stones
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    Description

    This necklace features a 25 mm round rose gold-filled locket embellished with clear paste stones, arranged in a horseshoe design.  It dates to the early 20th century, circa 1910.  The locket is 1" in diameter, in good working order and marked "H&H."  It dangles from an antique watch clip and is attached to a period, gold-filled book chain necklace.  The clip and locket drop 2 3/4" from the chain.

    Details

    • 18" long
    • can be lengthened upon request

    Materials

    • gold-filled spring ring clasp
    • gold-filled book chain necklace
    • gold-filled pocket watch clip
    • gold-filled jump rings
    • gold-filled locket

    Origin Story

    Lockets gained popularity during the Victorian era after Queen Victoria wore a mourning locket with a photo inside of her beloved husband Albert every day, setting a fashion trend. Prior to his passing, her husband had gifted her with a charm bracelet with eight lockets, each containing a lock of hair from each of their children. The horseshoe was a popular icon in Victorian-era jewelry, representing good fortune as it does today.  If the horseshoe faces upwards it is said to bring luck to the wearer; downwards, like the one in this piece, sends luck out into the universe. 

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