Antique Fleur De Lis Locket with Handwoven Chainmaille Necklace

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This necklace features an antique locket hallmarked W&H Co., which advertised their lockets as "an indication of refinement and good taste."  This locket dangles from an antique pocket watch clip and the design is a large, etched fleur de lis with embedded paste stones ( some of which are darkened due to age).  With the front clip, you can switch out the focal pendant and/or add charms to change up the look.

The locket is in good antique condition, has one photo ring on the inside, and opens/shuts securely.   The backside of the locket is engraved with a beautiful monogram - possibly the letters E M L.

Details and Materials

  • Necklace is 18" in length
  • Locket is 25 mm
  • Antique spring ring closure in back
  • Chain is made from 14k gold-filled chainmaille and antique gold-filled necklace links
  • Antique gold-filled watch clip in front

Origin Story

(W & H CO.) was established in 1856 and operated in Providence, Rhode Island, they manufactured a variety of gold-filled, rolled gold, and sterling silver jewelry. Each piece was hallmarked with their signature stamp: a heart containing the initials "W&H CO" inside. They were especially known for their lockets, medallions, and seals, and continued production up through the early Art Deco era (ca1922).

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.