A celebration of births! Elizabeth Anne (b. 1804) was the first child of James West Esq. and his wife Emma Shuttleworth (1778-1834). Anna Maria came last, in 1822. A snip of baby hair is entombed in each small round locket. In 1850 the Shuttleworth family seat - Gawthorpe Hall, in Lancashire - was visited by Charlotte Bronte. She described Gawthorpe Hall as '...grey, stately and picturesque, a model of old English architecture.' It's now looked after by the National Trust.
lockets are 10k gold (test), chain is 18k gold (tests), glass lenses, hair from 9 children
lockets dated from 1804 to 1822
17" length with a link to wear it at 15", 1/2" diameter of lockets (lockets hang at 5/8" including the bale)
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1714 — 1837
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Jewelry made from hair allowed the bereaved to keep their loved one with them always.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.