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Mourning Jewelry: MJ025

ANGELS GREET THE DAY ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Locket ): This Victorian Mourning Locket (c 1870 - 1890) is molded of vulcanite, an early form of plastic patented in 1864 by Charles Goodyear (Yes, tires!) Vulcanite is light weight and a deep black that could be highly polished as a substitute for jet. The motif on this stunning and complex locket is of Danish sculptor Bertel Thorvaldson’s famous image of "Day". An angel holding garlands of flowers carries on her back a cherub who holds aloft a torch to light the dawn. A popular mourning image, the locket is a reminder that angels of many sorts greet us night and day. The molded motif is riveted to the front of the highly polished, hinged locket. Plain on its backside, when opened the entire surface of both inside compartments are elaborately decorated with plant and floral designs. The glass insert is intact on one side and would hold a portrait or a hairwork souvenir. The rings at the top are also vulcanite. The hinge is in excellent condition. The clasp is also made of vulcanite. Close it until you hear a gentle "click". I recommend wearing the locket high because you can see the motif best and when you lean forward it will not swing and hit against anything. (Check page 37 of the Bell book "Answers to Questions About Old Jewelry" for a remarkably similar locket interior.) Condition: Excellent. A bit of feather loss on angels wing, but because it is black it is only noticeable when pointed out. Size: Locket without rings 1 7/8" high, 1 1/2" wide, 3/4" deep. Locket with rings 2 5/8" high.

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