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Victorian Vulcanite Mourning Locket

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Victorian Vulcanite Mourning Locket

Beautiful mid-Victorian era (circa 1860-1880) Vulcanite mourning locket. In very good condition

The front has an onset beautifully in detailed & raised molding of a heraldic emblem which features three stars on a shield and a crown. Inside contains very unique molding - right side features an anchor, Victorian symbol of "Hope" or "Steadfastness"; left side features a lyre or harp, which is Victorian symbol of "heavenly music", or "hopes of heaven". This is a STUNNING and RARE piece!

Locket is round, and measures 1 1/4" across. Snaps close and the fixture works perfectly. There is a small chip on the back near the hinge, but it is not very noticeable. Small silver bale.

The death of Prince Albert in England, and the over 500,000 deaths of soldiers in the American Civil War elevated mourning to an art form in both the United States and Europe and mourning jewelry was an integral part of the dress of the mourner.

This is a lovely example of Victorian molded Vulcanite. Vulcanite was produced by treating natural or India rubber with sulfur, then exposing it to moderate heat. The resultant material was elastic enough to be fashioned into the desired shape while warm, but became hard and durable once cooled. Developed by Charles Goodyear (1800–1860) in 1836 and patented by him in 1844, vulcanization revolutionized the rubber industry. Contemporary passion for innovation fueled interest in Vulcanite jewelry, and vulcanite was an affordable alternative to more expensive jet pieces.

See my other original Victorian era necklaces -http://www.etsy.com/shop/victoriansentiments?section_id=7179662
Terry & Tom Arliskas

Victorian Vulcanite Mourning Locket

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Material: vulcanite
  • Feedback: 517 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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