The luck associated with horseshoes originates with St Dunstan, a 10th Century blacksmith who eventually became an Archbishop. The story goes that the devil visited St Dunstan while he was working at his forge. St Dunstan made a pair of horseshoes for Satan's cloven hooves, but not before making him promise never to enter any place where a horseshoe hangs. According to lore, the devil (and perhaps we can also say misfortune in general) travels in circles, upon entering a horseshoe his path is interrupted and he is forced to reverse direction. This Victorian horseshoe (formerly a stickpin) is fitted with an inset glass locket.
18k gold (marked), glass, new 14k gold chain
Very good - we've converted this piece from a stickpin into a necklace; originally the locket held hair but is now empty
7/8" x 3/4", 18" chain
1837 — 1901
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.