Souvenir - aka memento, keepsake, or token of remembrance - is an object acquired for the memories the owner associates with it. This locket - which dates to the late 18th century with a late 19th century addition of the pearl bale - is modeled in gold with a pearl border and the word "Souvenir" rendered in enamel and gold over a psychedelic pink foil background. The reverse side is empty but most likely would have originally contained a lock of hair.
10k gold (tests), seed pearls, glass
c. 1790 locket, c. 1890 bale
Very good - foil has discolored in places (in an attractive way) and has also split in a couple of places; the locket is now empty but would have originally held a lock of hair
2 1/4" length, 1 1/4" width
1714 — 1837
please note:Terms of Sale
Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.