When the anchor motif appears in 19th century jewelry it represents hope. The symbolism derives from a Bible verse that describes the feeling of hope as an anchor for the soul. This remarkable locket features a sepia-tone reverse painted personification of Hope leaning against a plinth at the water's edge. Beside her, an anchor. A vibrant watercolor painting of a ship sailing out to sea inside the locket gives the scene a wonderful sense of depth and movement.
14k gold (tests), watercolor painting, glass
2 1/4" length including the bale, 1 3/4" diameter
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.