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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1670-1680 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped silver with silk ribbon

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased with the assistance of the National Heritage Memorial Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:

    T.452-1990

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 56, The Djanogly Gallery, case 6

Object Type
This heart-shaped locket was among the contents of an embroidered casket used by a young girl, Martha Edlin, to store her small personal possessions. It can be opened to contain a memento such as a lock of hair.

People
A group of Martha Edlin's (1660-1725) possessions from her childhood, including this locket, were kept in the casket, cherished by her descendants and passed down through the female line in her family for over three hundred years. We know little about her life, except that she married a man called Richard Richmond and appears to have been a prosperous widow, with daughters and grandchildren, living in Pinner in Greater London at the time she drew up her will.

Physical description

Heart-shaped silver locket stamped with a figure of Cupid drawing his bow and with the motto 'noe heart more trve then mine to yov' stamped around the edge. The back is plain except for the maker's mark 'RA'. There is a silver loop at the top of the locket, through which a pale green silk ribbon is threaded (which may not be contemporary).

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1670-1680 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Stamped silver with silk ribbon

Marks and inscriptions

'noe heart more trve then mine to yov'
Stamped around the edge

'RA'
Makers's mark on the back

Dimensions

Height: 2.7 cm including hanging ring, Width: 2.0 cm, Depth: 0.3 cm

Object history note

Purchased. Registered File number 1989/1572.
The locket appears to be identical to one in the Metalwork dept. M.3-1958.

Descriptive line

Heart-shaped silver locket, made in England, 1670-1680

Labels and date

British Galleries:
MARTHA EDLIN'S TOYS AND JEWELLERY

Martha Edlin's silver toys and jewellery came to the Museum in her casket. Some are practical, such as the manicure set and the bodkin which was used for threading ribbons. She may have played with the tiny silver trenchers (plates), spoons and salts. The round locket and heart-shaped box are stamped with images of King Charles II. [27/03/2003]

Production Note

From Martha Edlin's casket

Materials

Silver; Silk (textile)

Techniques

Stamped

Categories

Metalwork; Jewellery; British Galleries; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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