Victorian Sentimental Swallow Locket
Symbolism was powerful in the Victorian Era. With strict rules of society and culture Victorians had to express themselves in creative, non-verbal ways. Jewellery was the perfect way to send subtle sentimental messages. Swallows mate for life and always go back to their nest so naturally make the perfect symbol for lovers to give to each other. It represented commitment, a wish for a loved one to return home safe, faithfully or to just come home soon.
The front panel depicts the typical late Victorian swallow motif reflective of the oriental influences of the time. The bird is surrounded by a wonderful heart engraving where the back of the locket displays an engraved floral motif.
This locket is a mixture of silver and base metal. The bale is sterling silver and likely added later. The front bird panel is sterling silver however the rest of the locket is a base metal which provides a deep silver tone colour. It is therefore not recommended for anyone with nickel allergies as we cannot be sure of the alloy (mixture of metals) used at the time.
Please note this is sold as a stand alone locket so that you can hang it from your favourite chain. The chain shown in the photos is for display only.
HOW TO WEAR:
This locket is perfect for everyday wear on its own or stacked with some of your other favourite necklaces
It is in good antique condition. The bale is thick and study. The locket has a firm closure. There is some tarnish on the inside rims of the locket - to the base metal portions. This is the result of trying to clean the locket in a silver dip chemical. It is best polished using a silver cloth.
Era: Victorian 1860-1880
Weighs 12grams (excludes any chain).
Locket: 37mm wide x 46mm length x 1mm depth
Bale: Adds an additional 15mm length and has an opening 3.8mm wide.
Materials: Sterling Silver and Base Metal