Antique Victorian 1870s memento mori locket with hairwork ✶ SALE ✶

A 150-year-old mourning locket with a gathered lock of chestnut brown hair tied and trimmed in gold thread. The oval locket is 10K gold with a machined verso and face. The face is further hand engraved with a garter motif - a symbol of binding love and loyalty - and the initials "W.R.Y." The locket opens to a pristine interior. The main compartment holds a locket of hair against a blue silk background, lovingly tied and trimmed in twisted gold thread. Original glass and fitted rings. The lid of the locket is engraved with the date, April 24th, 1870. I imagine that the person honored by this memento was still quite young when he/she passed, as the hair shows no signs of grey. A beautiful piece full of sentiment.

Measurements: 3/4" x 1"
Era: 1880s (1870)
Markings: "W.R.Y."
¥78,600
¥53,500
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