This Victorian shield-shaped silver locket with the monogram "LM" features a checkerboard pattern of niello - a dark metallic alloy of sulfur with silver and/or copper. Sometimes misidentified as "black enamel", niello technique spread throughout Europe during the late Iron Age and is common in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and other types of Early Medieval jewelry. Hangs from a new 18" sterling silver chain.
Niello silver, sterling silver chain.
Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use.
1 1/8 x 7/8" locket, 18" chain.
1837 — 1901
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.