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.
locket is 1 1/4" x 1"
necklace is 20" long
gold-filled toggle clasp
antique book chain links
vintage gold-plated locket
gold-filled jump rings
antique pocket watch clip
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.
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.
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."
locket measures 1" x 3/4"
necklace is 18" long with a 2" extender chain
locket and slide drop 2" from the chain
antique slide charm and locket
gold-filled lobster clasp
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.
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.
locket is 23 mm wide and high [including bail]
gold-filled slide charm
rose gold-filled watch chain
gold-filled spring ring clasp
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.
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.
locket is a 3/4" square
necklace is 16" long with a 2" extender
gold-filled spring ring clasp
antique gold-filled chain
antique gold-filled locket and slide charm
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.