Signed and made by the William and Sumner Blackinton company, this padlock heart pendant was made during the late Victorian era. Originally, this heart had a key to open it but the key was lost at some point and the the bale at the top can be squeezed in order to be released and used. With a classic shape and repousse details at the front this charm has a delicate profile that can be worn on a bracelet or dangled as a pendant from a special chain.This piece is fresh looking and was well taken care of, the minimal amounts of wear are noticeable only on close inspection. The silver has a bright patina without any dents and very little surface wear. There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape. (if the piece is not marked it is tested for silver content). A young Queen Victoria assumed her role in 1837 and her taste in jewelry quickly became culturally influential, within England and beyond. Her relationship to jewelry was enmeshed with her husband, Prince Albert, who gifted the Queen for their engagement, a snake ring, embedded with an emerald (her birthstone) in its head. Continuing from the Georgian era and intensified by Queen Victoria.
S taste, sentimental and figural jewelry was a major trend throughout the Victorian era. When certain ideas and words were deemed too forward or improper to be spoken, jewelry and symbolic meaning was used to communicate what was left unsaid. When Prince Albert passed away in 1861, his death sent Victoria into a deep depression, and she mourned him for the remaining forty years of her life. A piece of jewelry that has been signed by the designer is immediately of higher value, because it definitively places the work in their oeuvre. This gives the piece a personal history that it might not otherwise havefixed in place, time, style, and intent.In addition, signed designer pieces indicate that a designer viewed the work as worthy enough to want his or her name to be forever associated with it. This indicates that the piece was made with a concentration on high-quality construction or perhaps trendy or progressive design. _gsrx_vers_837 GS 7.0.15 (837). The item "Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Padlock Heart Repousse Signed Charm Pendant" is in sale since Monday, May 4, 2020.
This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Charms & Charm Bracelets". The seller is "oxfordjewel" and is located in Altadena, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.