This is a detailed gold filled and enamel Victorian’mourning’ locket charm, marked’In Memory Of’. Marks: It is unmarked, which is usual for gold-fill. Condition: The locket is in excellent antique condition. Internally, the locket charm appears unused. There are both metal slip frames still present, plus original glass covers but one is cracked. There are no slivers of gold-fill missing. The enamel is in extraordinarily good condition. There are teeny tiny’patina’ scratches to the enamel, but no chips or other issues. The locket opens, easily, closes properly and stays closed. Dimensions: The locket/charm has a total hanging length of 1 inch (2.5cm). The locket itself is 3/4 inch (2cm) long and 5/8ths inch (1.5cm) wide. It weighs 4.1 grams. Antique Victorian Gold Filled Enamel Miniature Locket Charm Mourning Memory VGC. This is a one of the most attractive and detailed gold filled and enamel Victorian’mourning’ locket charms I have collected. These tiny locket charms are also called’memorial’,’memoriam’, or’memento mori’ pieces. This one is in excellent condition! They are very hard to find! The gold fill and black enamel front cover details an outline of a broken lily flower which symbolises’how abrupt the end of life is’, and it is draped with a funeral wreath of roses, representing’love’ or the loss of a loved one. The image is surrounded by the words’IN MEMORY OF’ and white fleur de lis (lilies). The rear of the locket is decoratively hand engraved with a blank cartouche suitable for engraving initials, if desired. The locket still has its original gold-filled jump ring. Mourning jewellery has been around since at least the 16th century, but it is widely associated with the Victorian Era, when mass production made it more affordable. The trend reached its high point after the death of Prince Albert in 1861, when Queen Victoria, as well as members of her court, wore black clothing and matching mourning jewellery for decades. Thanks to this royal example, black jewellery became fashionable. Lockets were particularly popular. Some contained a lock of the deceased persons hair. Other lockets held a photo of the departed. Photo lockets were actually’descendants’ of miniature portraits, which had been very popular early in the 19th century, and had historically been used in mourning jewellery to honour deceased monarchs. (Info from Collectors Weekly website). The locket/charm is made of thick gold-fill over base metal, probably brass. Gold-filled jewellery is composed of a thick solid layer of gold, which must constitute at least 5% of the item’s total weight, mechanically bonded to the base metal. Some high quality gold-filled pieces have the same appearance as 14 karat (58%) gold. Gold-filled items, even with daily wear, can last many decades, but may eventually wear through, as they are NOT solid gold (which would be hall marked). Gold-filled items are 5 to 10 times thicker than regular’gold plating’, and 15 to 25 times thicker than modern’gold electroplate’. It is unmarked, which is usual for gold-fill. The enamel is in extraordinarily good condition, given the locket is 120+ years old. It’s very lucky to find antique enamel in such good order. Overall, a beautiful example of a Victorian mourning charm, (or child’s locket) and in excellent antique condition, ready to join someone’s collection, or a wonderful sentimental piece to wear, in someone’s memory. All items are carefully packed. Available on request, but it is very expensive. Please contact me within 30 days of receiving your item, to arrange an immediate return. Be in original condition. My lifelong passion has been collecting a wide range of antique and vintage jewellery, particularly Victorian and Edwardian jewellery. I have been lucky enough to travel extensively, and have always been on the hunt at antique auctions, fairs and flea-markets! I always reply promptly but please don’t forget our international time zone differences! Get Supersized Images & Free Image Hosting. Create your brand with Auctiva’s. Attention Sellers – Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. Track Page Views With. Auctiva’s FREE Counter. The item “Antique Victorian Gold Filled Enamel Miniature Locket Charm Mourning Memory VGC” is in sale since Wednesday, June 26, 2019. This item is in the category “Jewellery & Watches\Vintage, Antique Jewellery”. The seller is “merryjewels” and is located in Tasmania. This item can be shipped to Australia, all countries in Europe, United States, Japan, Canada, Hong Kong, New Zealand.