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Mourning Jewelry: MJ047

MEMORY HELD DEAR ( Victorian Mourning Jewelry Locket ): This is a lovely example of a mid-19th Century “In Memory Of” pendant locket. (c. 1850-70) Lockets such as these typically feature death motifs – urns, garlands, crosses, etc. – on the outside. The scene on the front of this vermeil (gold wash over silver) locket depicts an obelisk and wreath. Very popular with Georgian and Victorian mourners, the obelisk is a pillar of stone built on a square base with sides that taper like a pyramid to a pointed top. An ancient classical design, it represents memory and eternal life. The surrounding wreath of leaves is symbolic of the victory of the deceased and redemption. A lot of meaning in a small space! The black and white enamel work is beautiful and crisp. There is an elaborately engraved design on the back and a cartouche where you can have initials or a date engraved. The inside contains 2 original photographs. One of the celluloid covers and liner is still in place, the other is missing. The locket closes firmly and retains its original bale. Other IMO lockets like from my collection appear on pages 95 & 96 of Maureen DeLorme’s informative book “Mourning Art and Jewelry”. Condition: Excellent. A few scratches to the enamel, but nothing visible to the naked eye. Size: 1 1/2” long (without bale), 1 1/4” wide, 3/8”deep.

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