Victorian Mourning Locket, Sweetheart Daguerreotype Locket 1839-1860
This Victorian mourning locket is one of the oldest lockets we've come across. The locket case features fine Guilloche etching detail, having kept this memory of a loved one safe for more than a century. Daguerrotypes are one of the earliest forms of creating visual memories and were popular between 1839 and 1860, when they were replaced by ambrotypes and later tintypes. Made on a plate of silver, these images are best viewed next to a piece of dark paper. When viewed through a magnifying glass at the right angle - this handsome gentleman comes alive. We can see he's in his finest clothes, down to the hand-stitched vines in pale thread adorning his buttoned waistcoat and the silk cravat around his neck. This man has been loved.
The locket hangs from a vintage gold-fill pocket watch chain accented with an asymmetrical but balanced assortment of jet beads made from petrified wood with an 1880s style front clasp. There are some age marks but no cracks in the glass.
You will feel the beauty and elegance of the ages wearing heirloom quality necklace. A gift to enjoy and pass to future generations.
MEASUREMENTS & MATERIALS:
* This piece is a One of a Kind creation made with genuine antique components so these pieces have the marks of their history. (see photos)
* 19" chain / 49 cm total length
* The Victorian watch fob measures 1 1/2" (39 mm) wide
* All items come in a gift box