Victorian Sterling Silver Button Cuff 2” Large Pendant Locket
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Silver setting has a bright patina with minor surface wear.
* No dents or imperfections to the shape or signs of repair.
* Decorative components are all in place.
* Locket has one original photo frame and no glass or plastic inserts.
* Clasp is secure and snaps shut nicely.
* Bale is secure and original.
Length 2 1/4"
Width 1 1/4"
Mark No mark
Weight 15 grams
Material Tests for sterling silver
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Designed to mimic a button hole on a lacy shirt cuff, the face of the locket is detailed and dimensional.
* Full size of the locket emphasizes its design and provides a nice cache for photos and slim memento.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
On Figurals. Figural jewelry includes any piece that has been shaped into an animal, person, object, or detailed "day in the life" scene. Antique and vintage figural jewelry is often quite charming and collectible for the realistic or cutesy details. Specific objects or animals became popular and prolific in jewelry during certain time, Scotty dogs during the 1940's for example, or swallow birds during the Victorian era. Figural jewelry is special for its detail and realism but also tells the story of the decade they were made in.
On Victorian. A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria's taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid.