Unusual Victorian PADLOCK MOURNING LOCKET Scottish Agate Braided Hair 925 Silver
Stunning Victorian silver locket which is a rare combination of a Scottish agate padlock clasp, and braided hair mourning jewellery. The hand-engraved flourished case tests as 925 sterling silver, but is unmarked, which is often the case for such pieces. The front features four patterned agate inlays in an array of earthy hues. The other side, unusually, has a non-opening glass compartment containing a panel of exquisitely woven hair, an archetypal piece of Victorian mourning jewellery celebrating the life and death of a loved one. This shield shaped padlock would originally have been a fastener for a necklace or bracelet made of tubes of colourful agate. Such "pebble" jewelery was wildly popular in the 19th century, typically using stones sourced from Scotland - a fashion inspired by Queen Victoria's love of the country. Today, this beautiful locket works as well as the day it was made, clicking open and closed with a smooth action. It can still be used to fasten a necklace or bracelet, or simply worn as a pendant or charm on a chain.
CONDITION: It is in very good condition for the age. There are some minor cracks to the agate panels on the front, which are not very noticeable and may date from the creation of the piece. I have tried to show these in the last image. Please see the photos for details. Height 20 mm excluding clasp, 32 mm including clasp.
This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Fine Jewellery\Bracelets & Charms". The seller is "designpopandstyle" and is located in this country: GB. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, United States, Bahrain, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Norway, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Korea, South, Taiwan, Thailand, Bangladesh, Bermuda, Bolivia, Barbados, Brunei Darussalam, Cayman Islands, Egypt, Guernsey, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Iceland, Jersey, Jordan, Cambodia, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka, Macau, Monaco, Maldives, Martinique, Nicaragua, Oman, Pakistan, Paraguay, Reunion, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Chile, Bahamas, Colombia, Costa Rica, Kuwait, Philippines, Qatar, Uruguay.
- Base Metal: Sterling Silver
- Handmade: Yes
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Charm Type: Locket
- Era: Victorian (1837-1901)
- Material: Agate, Hair, Sterling Silver, Glass
- Colour: Multicoloured
- Main Stone: Agate
- Main Stone Colour: Multicolour
- Brand: Unbranded
- Style: Pendant, Mourning Locket, Charm
- Country of Origin: Scotland
- Antique: Yes
- Metal Purity: 925
- Theme: Victorian, Edwardian, Celtic, Scottish, Mourning, Fashion & Costumes, Gothic, Love, Memorial, Religious
- Type: Locket