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Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870
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Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870 Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870 Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870 Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870

Antique Victorian Aesthetic Period Silver Book Chain Necklace & Large Locket C.1870

Product Code: M502
£522.50
Antique Victorian Silver Book Chain and Locket

I love the Aesthetic period, and the rage of “Japonism” because it held the roots of the Art Nouveau movement.
Japonism or the fashion for all things Japanese began when Japan re-opened it’s doors to traders in the mid 19th century after more than 200 years of abstinence.

This wonderful “Book Chain” so called because the flat shaped chain was removed in the evening and many a lady would use it to mark a place in her book. It is beautifully hand engraved with a foliate pattern but there is a little quirk with this chain - can you spot it??
Two of the links are reversed - at first I thought it a repair, but no - the pattern is on the reverse and it has been done during manufacture. Now Jewellers would never have sent out such a mistake so I can only come to the conclusion that the customer requested this - why?

My own thoughts are that they are in memory of two losses and that the locket held pictures of them.
I cannot think why else this would be the case. During the day of course, when the chain was turned around, the patterned links would be obvious reminders to anyone who cared to notice.

With the exclusion of the two links all of the rear is plain including the locket so that the necklace can be worn either way – just as Night & Day Bracelets were worn plain during the day and turned over to the pattern for the evening.

The fabulous tall flat locket is 2" high and just over 1 3/4" wide. It features the elegant and fortuitous Crane - much used symbol of the Aesthetic Movement.
In fabulous condition with the exception of one missing glass, long gone – I have put in some Acetate which works well as a replacement with the example, as you can see. The other side has the original glass and both have the frames. The connecting bolt ring is also a historical replacement and looks to be of low grade silver.
Both the book chain and the locket are solid silver.

It comes in the fabulous quality reproduction vintage double door box so would make a great gift.

Dates to C.1860 - 70
The chain is 18 1/2" in length including the ring.
Weight: 58.2g

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