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Antique Locket Pendant The Years Around 1870


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Antique Locket Pendant The Years Around 1870
Antique Locket Pendant The Years Around 1870
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In the 19th century, lockets were among the most popular jewellery gifts. No wonder, these brooches and pendants with a hidden compartment are extremely well suited to commemorate both joyful and sorrowful events and, above all, dear people. Most often, they were used to store pictures of loved ones, as well as sentimentally charged locks of hair or the like. So ubiquitous were lockets of all shapes that in 1870 the magazine "London Society" published a humorous cartoon by Alfred Thomas under the appropriate title "The Locketomanic". We see here a fashionably dressed lady wearing and adorning herself with more than thirty different lockets on every part of her clothing. This small drawing illustrates how popular these pieces of jewellery were - and how much they liked to be worn. The present pendant comes from this tradition and shows itself in an elaborate form. Made of warmly gleaming gold over a tombac core, the jewellery features applied decoration on its front cover, accented with a small pearl. On the back, we see a guilloche engraving on the back lid. This can be opened to then insert a cherished memento. The design is typical for the years around 1870 - the pendant has survived very well until today and found its way to us from Minden.
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The Victorian era knew a variety of obsessions that sometimes seem somewhat strange to today's viewer. In the mid-19th century, for example, a previously unseen enthusiasm for ferns gripped the island, with young & old going in search of unusual and rare specimens of these hitherto little-noticed plants! Charles Kingsley gave the unusual mania its own name in 1855: "Pteridomania" or fern fever. Enthusiasts from all social classes made extensive fern collections. Even farm and mine workers were able to exchange ideas with English gentelmen about this whimsical hobby. One of the first female photographers, Anna Atkins, even published a photobook on British ferns. Fern fever reached a peak at the 1862 World's Fair, and fern ornaments found their way into Victorian arts and crafts, henceforth adorning ceramics, glass, metal, textiles, sculpture and, at times, jewelry. It was rumored that everything from christening gifts to tombstones could be purchased in the fern look.
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Antique Locket Pendant The Years Around 1870
Memories Carry Our Life
€ 790.00 *
Content 1 piece
Incl. VAT, Shipping
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