Sunday, June 5, 2011

Show and Tell Sunday - Victorian Locket - Best of the Best!

Sometimes I have trouble parting with my treasures, so I decided to have "Show and Tell" posts. I could not think of a better piece to start with than this magnificent Civil War era locket. It dates to the 1860s. During this era, just prior to the Civil War and during, it was a sign of status and wealth if you had the biggest house...the biggest dresses...and the biggest jewelry! This locket does not disappoint! It measures approximately 2" x 1 1/4" x 1/4". It is massive, very solid and very heavy.

The attention to detail is so amazing! It is done in the Etruscan style. The wire work and granular design work is so intricate! Each tiny green and pink gold leaf is hand applied with so much skill and expertise. Only a master jeweler could have accomplished this.

Even the inside is very impressive. You can see the workmanship in the hinge.

And finally a side view.

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing this beauty!

Happy collecting!

For more antique and vintage jewelry, be sure to visit my shop! :)
Wicked Darling

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