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Locket

  • Place of origin:

    Birmingham (made)

  • Date:

    1891-1892 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver, with photograph

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr. R. J. Johnson in memory of Janet Eileen Johnson

  • Museum number:

    M.10-1992

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91 to 93 mezzanine, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 81, shelf D6, box 13

The locket was probably made to celebrate the engagement of the Princess and the Duke. Unfortunately, he died very soon after the engagement and Princess May married the Duke's younger brother, the future King George V.

Physical description

Silver locket with photographs of Princess May of Teck and the Duke of Clarence. Double sided circular pendant in silver with the photographs mounted behind glass. The sides of the drum are set with ten balls between two cables which run around the drum.

Place of Origin

Birmingham (made)

Date

1891-1892 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver, with photograph

Marks and inscriptions

Birmingham hallmarks for 1891-2

Indistinct maker's mark

Dimensions

Height: 2.9 cm including ruing, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 0.8 cm

Object history note

The sponsor's mark is slightly obscured by solder, but appears to be ?CO in a cameo punch. The nearest mark in Silversmiths of Birmingham, ed. K.C. Jones, (London, 1981), is that of J.C. Osborn, whip mount maker, October 1882, po.350, but this cannot be offered with much assurance.

Historical context note

The locket was probably made to celebrate the engagement of Princess May of Teck and the Duke of Clarence, whose photographs it holds, rather than to mourn the sad outcome. The engagement lasted from December 1891 until the Duke's death on 14 January, 1892. Princess May subsequently married the Duke's younger brother, the future King George V.

Descriptive line

Silver with photographs under glass, England, Birmingham, 1891-2

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Photography

Categories

Jewellery; Photographs; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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