Marks: The locket is marked on the rear (as well as internally) with full English hallmarks for Sterling Silver, Birmingham in 1879 and a Maker's mark of CWD. Dimensions: The locket has a total hanging length of just under 2.5 inches (6cm) including the large original bail, and the locket itself measures just over 1.75 inches (4.5cm) long by 1 & 3/8ths inch (3.5cm) wide. Condition: The locket is in'good antique' condition. Both sides of the locket have some tiny dings, (see photos), usually from baby teething marks.
There are the usual minor scratches,'patina' really, due to being worn. (It has not been cleaned).
Inside the locket, it is empty. Covers for photos can easily be replaced with perspex to hold in photos or hair. It opens easily & clicks shut and stays shut. Antique 1879 Locket Blue Willow Pattern Sterling Silver Engraved Victorian HMs. This fully Hallmarked 1879 antique Victorian Sterling Silver locket has a very attractive and detailed hand engraved design to the front of the locket from the famous blue china'Willow Pattern' story.The rear has a simple bunch of flowers hand engraved and a scalloped edging. The Willow pattern is a distinctive and elaborate chinoiserie pattern used on ceramic kitchen/housewares. It became popular at the end of the 18th century in England when, in its standard form, it was developed by English ceramic artists combining and adapting motifs inspired by fashionable hand-painted blue-and-white wares imported from China. In order to promote the design a'fable' was developed linking all the motifs! The romantic fable goes as follows - Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter. She had fallen in love with her father's humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father. He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart. The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke. The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift. The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree. On the eve of the daughter's wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed. As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised. They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand. But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge. Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers, who captured the lovers and put them to death.
The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves (possibly a later addition to the tale, since the birds do not appear on the earliest willow pattern plates). The total weight is a 14.2 grams. It opens easily and clicks shut and stays shut.
This would make an excellent gift or collectable for a lover of the Willow design! They are getting very hard to find!Especially date marked to 1879! All items are carefully packed. Available on request, but it is very expensive. Please contact me within 30 days of receiving your item, to arrange an immediate return. My lifelong passion has been collecting a wide range of antique and vintage jewellery, particularly Victorian and Edwardian jewellery.
I have been lucky enough to travel extensively, and have always been on the hunt at antique auctions, fairs and flea-markets! I always reply promptly but please don't forget our international time zone differences! Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva's.
Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "Antique 1879 Locket Blue Willow Pattern Sterling Silver Engraved Victorian HMs" is in sale since Friday, April 19, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery". The seller is "merryjewels" and is located in Hobart, Tasmania.
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