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Dating Vintage Lockets



DATING VINTAGE LOCKETS
1800s to mid- 1900s




VICTORIAN LOCKETS
1837-1900


A larger size and wide
collars are typical of lockets from the Victorian era. The best of the
Victorian lockets have matching collars and lockets with photo fittings inside,
wide decorated collars with the "Y piece in place, and perhaps
hallmarks. With the "Y", they can be worn at a shorter or longer length,
a flexibility that many collectors enjoy. These were all made in around
the 1860-80s, and the motifs and styles were amazingly varied.





VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a brooch and locket on chain,
2-1/2" by 4". In pen on the back is marked "taken Nov. 1878". "W.P. Glaisby,
Suppiergate, York". View
View #Vkph28

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a locket on a black
ribbon, a ring and a brooch, 2-1/2" by 4". "Robinson & Thompson, 57
Church Street, Liverpool, 32 Hamilton Square, Birkenhead".
View #Vkph21

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a silver locket on a thick
chain. "J.W.Thomas, Colwyn Bay, N. Wales", 2-1/2" by 4".
View
View #Vkph14






VICTORIAN vulcanite fuchsia
oval 1-7/8" locket on 28" chain.
View
View #V27201

VICTORIAN vulcanite
locket with fuchsia flowers, 4 photo compartments, 2-1/8". See
page 26 in Helen Muller’s "Jet Jewellery and Ornaments".
View #V25284


VICTORIAN
vulcanite 2" locket on 4-1/2" of chain.
View
View #V25357




VICTORIAN banded agate
locket set in yellow gold tone, 1-5/8" by 1-1/3" and 5/8" thick with a
1/2" bail. View
View #V36424

VICTORIAN gilt AEI locket with
fittings for one photo, 1-5/8" by 1-1/2" on a 20th century later-added 24" gold
tone chain, which is included free of charge. "AEI" stands for Amity, Eternity
and Infinity, or everlasting love or friendship.
View
View
View #V37073

VICTORIAN 15 karat yellow
gold and garnet cabochon pendant with photo opening on the back, 1-1/3"
by 1-1/8". This is an extra lovely garnet with wonderful color and the
detailed edging around the locket is gorgeous.
View #V36330





VICTORIAN
sterling silver locket hallmarked for Birmingham 1881 and
silver collar with star center and beaded edges, locket 1-5/8" by 1-1/3"
with fittings for two photos, collar 19" by 3/8".
View
View
View
View #V36203

VICTORIAN
gorgeous sterling silver locket with gold overlay and
both applied and engraved designs, hallmarked
Birmingham 1880 and maker W&Co. underneath each glass inside. The locket
itself is 1-5/8" by 1-1/3", loop 5/8". This is a fabulous
locket with fittings for two photos inside, one tiny dimple on the back.
View
View
View #V36642

VICTORIAN
sterling silver locket and silver chain, locket has an
etched roses and leaves design and a lovely scalloped edge, space inside for
two photos but no fittings, circa 1880s, AJS WSS maker marks on the back of
the locket and "silver" marked on the loop, locket 1-3/4" by 1-3", loop 1/2"
and chain 16" by 1/4". The locket is sterling and the collar a bit lower
than sterling. View
View
View #V36202




VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing silver heart brooch with beaded
edge, 2-1/2" by 4". Marked on front, "W.T.&F. Gowhaus, Lendal, York".
View #Vkph6

VICTORIAN sterling bird locket and
silver
collar, chain 17" by 1/2", locket 1-7/8" by 1-1/3". Only the locket is
hallmarked Birmingham 1882 with the maker mark illegible. Beautifully etched
design and detailed edge.
View
View
View
View #V33644

VICTORIAN carte de visite of a lady wearing a bull’s eye brooch and
locket on a chain. Stamped on the back, "F. Hawkins, 4&5 Holgate Road, York",
2-1/2" by 4". View #Vkph7




VICTORIAN 1887 Roddin Catalogue page 134
"Fine rolled gold plate neck chains". All in the top row have capped edges.

VICTORIAN gilt buckle
locket with lovely etched scrolls and leaves, beaded detail, fittings inside
for two photos but only one glassine cover, locket 2" by 1-5/8", loop 5/8",
on a lovely collar with a fan on each link,
circa 1880s, 19" by 1/2". A similar collar can be seen in the Roddin
Catalogue 1887-89.
#V36643

VICTORIAN 1887 Roddin Catalogue page 133
"Rolled gold plate neck chains, full length" showing both Roman polished
gold and roller and engraved links with capped edge..



From the Ben Allen Catalogue, 1899 FOB
LOCKETS
"FINE solid gold lockets… we can furnish any initials."


GOLD TONE
square fob locket with rhinestone engraved "ARN",
circa 1900.
View
View #Y22832

From the Ben Allen Catalogue, 1899
SOLID gold slide lockets.




EDWARDIAN LOCKETS
1900-1920



Art Nouveau is a favorite of this era, with it’s swirling
designs and lovely lady motifs. Lockets are a bit smaller now and are
worn on a chain rather than a wide collar. Simple heart and oval shapes
are also popular, with the elongated oval shape being very collectible
now.



ART NOUVEAU gold
tone locket with lady face profile so beautifully typical of the era,
with fittings inside for two photographs, 1". It is engraved in flowing
script "EWH" on the back. Her smile is lovely.
View View #V62869

LOCKET "C Co." 2-1/3"
Art Nouveau gold tone locket with purple rhinestone, mounted on a 23" chain,
circa 1915.
View
View
View #Q24984

LION
and castle locket and drape embossed locket with clear rhinestone accent,
engraved initials "JA" on the back, faded vintage photos inside with covers,
1". View
View #V35638



ART NOUVEAU gold
filled
embossed violets round locket with gray rhinestones, circa 1910. Similar
lockets can be seen in the

1906 Daniel Low & Co Catalogue.
Locket 1-1/8" and chain 16". View
View
View #Y3682

GOLD TONE engraved
scrolls and flowers long oval locket, maker’s mark "JJS" inside
for J. J. Sommer Co., circa 1930. They
is light wear on the edge, which does not detract. The locket is 1" by
2-1/2" and the chain is 29". There are fittings for two photographs inside,
and there are very shallow dimples on the back.
View
View
View
View #Y3681

ART NOUVEAU
yellow gold filled round locket with deeply embossed flowers and gray
rhinestones. Engraved "JVS" on back, circa 1910, locket 1-1/4" and chain
16". There is a fitting frame for one photograph inside, and there is
light wear on the edges. Similar lockets can be seen in the

1906 Daniel Low & Co Catalogue.

View
View
View
#Y22933




FM Co 1-1/8" round locket
with smoke rhinestones and etched design. View
View #Y21476
"Lockets carried in 10k and 14k gold for neck chains."
Page 113
J.R. Wood & Sons Catalogue, 1919
ART NOUVEAU FC Co. gold
filled locket, motif of a woman with red and white paste pendant with
question mark, 1-1/2". View
View
View #V34612






DECO LOCKETS
1920-30



Streamlined designs, geometric forms and simple motifs
characterize this era.






DECO
silver locket with chain and the hinge at the top and marked "HB&S"
for the maker and "silver" on the back. HB&S may be for the maker Birmingham
England jewelry maker "Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd, who worked in the first
half of the 20th century. Both the shape and the lines take you right back
to the 1930’s. The locket has a fitting inside for a photo and is 1-1/2" by
1-3/16" and the chain is a later added 16-1/2" sterling chain.

View


View
#N37667



DECO
oval silver locket with chain and the hinge at the top and marked "HB&S"
for the maker and "silver" on the back. HB&S may be for the maker Birmingham
England jewelry maker "Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd, who worked in the first
half of the 20th century. Both the shape and the lines take you right back
to the 1930’s. The locket has room inside for a photo but no ring to hold it
in place. It is 1-1/4" by 3/4" and the chain is a later added 16-1/2"
sterling chain.

View


View
#N37668



DECO
silver locket with chain and the hinge at the top and marked "HB&S"
for the maker and "silver" on the back. HB&S may be for the maker Birmingham
England jewelry maker "Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd, who worked in the first
half of the 20th century. Both the shape and the lines take you right back
to the 1930’s. The locket has a fitting inside for a photo and is 1-1/4" by
1" and the chain is a later added 15" sterling chain.

View


View
#N37669





DECO
silver locket with chain and the hinge at the top and marked "HB&S"
for the maker and "silver" on the back. HB&S may be for the maker Birmingham
England jewelry maker "Herbert Bushell & Son Ltd, who worked in the first
half of the 20th century. Both the shape and the lines take you right back
to the 1930’s. The locket has a fitting inside for a photo and is 1-1/8" by
1" and a 24" chain marked "silver" on the clasp.

View


View
#N37670


DECO
sterling rectangular locket hallmarked for London, England, and the
date letter for 1925, 1" by 3/4". It folds out and has fittings to hold a photo
inside. The chain is a newer sterling 20" chain. View

View
#V38307




1940-50s LOCKETS


The 50’s had a wide variety of designs in lockets as well
as in the metals and colors that were used. My personal favorites of
this time period are the Hobe lockets with wonderful rhinestones
and semi-precious gems set in hand made wire work.




STURDY 1/20 12K-GF (gold filled)
Lockets.
De-LUXE Hand-Made Lockets
Benjamin Allen & Co. Catalogue, 1951
HEART shaped
12k gold filled locket, circa 1950, 1-1/4".
View
View #Y27937
DELTAH "PEARLS" with lockets ad from unidentified 1950 magazine-
Jarmila Novotna, opera singer




HOBE Austro-Hungarian style locket
with blue, red and white enamel and blue cabochons 20" chain and 3/4" by
1-1/8" locket with fittings inside for photos but no plastic covers.
View
View #O35475

HOBE style sterling
vermeil locket with pink, rose, clear and purple rhinestones, 2-5/8" by
1-1/2". There are unusual unidentified hallmarks on the back of the
locket, which also shows wear on the back only (see picture). View
View
View
View #O29809

HOBE style but
unsigned sterling locket with gold wash, pink, blue and clear
unfoiled rhinestones and dangles,
locket front with lovely applied flower motif, 2-1/4". I cannot
decide whether or not I think Hobe did this piece, but it charming
and unusual nonetheless. The locket opens from the front so you
don’t have to take the brooch off to see a picture.
View
View #O36421






LOCKET
Victorian round gold tone locket with rhinestone starburst center and photo
and dried flowers inside, 1", finish as is, but the sentiment is wonderful!
View
View
#Y26000

1939 Benjamin Allen Catalogue page 114.
"Solid gold lockets and chains" some with diamonds.

VICTORIAN revival gold tone
1-1/2" locket on 24" chain.
View
View
View #V50779


1939 Benjamin Allen Catalogue page 115>
"The Mayflower Locket", as startling as the landing by the Pilgrims. Lift
the novel disappearing front to open, may be worn open to display the
picture".