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Victorian Gutta Percha Mourning Locket - Original

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Victorian Gutta Percha Mourning Locket - Original

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

The front features an affixed pressed horn design of flowers in a raised molding. The locket itself is made of gutta percha, which is actually quite rare. Inside the locket has the typical pretty carved design found in the molded lockets of this period. The Victorians were very sentimental, and the types of flowers shown here would have had great meaning to the original owner.

Locket measures, at its tallest and widest (excluding the fixed ring) almost 1-1/4" wide by 1-3/4" inches high. I've added a black velvet ribbon to give the look of the period.

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.

Gutta percha is a black or brownish hard rubber material made from the sap of a Malayan tree. It was introduced to Paris in 1842. Durable and highly impressionable, it lent itself well to the Victorian taste for embellishment, and many while many items were made from it, in actuality, very little jewelry was made from gutta percha, making this locket rather rare. Gutta percha differs from vulcanite and pressed horn in that it will turn brown with age.

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Terry & Tom Arliskas

Victorian Gutta Percha Mourning Locket - Original


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