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  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1835-50 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mrs A. Rolt

  • Museum number:

    M.308:1, 2-1975

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 18, shelf A, box 2 []

The locket was said to have been given to Queen Adelaide by her husband William IV after his recovery from illness.

Sentimental jewellery was an outward expression of emotion. It was used to declare affection for family and friends, passion for a lover, and loyalty to a monarch or a cause, also religious devotion and grief.

Jewels with portraits or symbols of love, such as butterflies, doves and cupids, were very popular. The ‘language of stones’ allowed a sentimental message such as ‘REGARD’ to be conveyed using the initial letter of each stone in the design.

Physical description

Bracelet of large gold chain links with a gold locket stamped with the word 'GRATITUDE'.

Place of Origin

England (made)


ca. 1835-50 (made)




Height: 11 cm, Width: 7.3 cm, Depth: 2.1 cm

Object history note

Said to have been given to Queen Adelaide (1792-1849) by William IV (1765-1837) after his recovery from an illness.

Descriptive line

Bracelet with a gold locket stamped with the word 'GRATITUDE', England, the locket about 1835, the chain about 1850



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Royalty; Europeana Fashion Project


Metalwork Collection

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