A Regency Gold Heart Locket Pendant
A Regency gold heart locket pendant, at one side depicting a Cupid playing a harp, surrounded by fruiting vines and shamrocks, on the other bearing the word “amitie” meaning friendship, with a locket compartment containing hair, pendant suspending from a stylized butterfly pendant loop, circa 1815, measuring approximately 3x2cm, gross weight 9.6 grams. Unmarked tested as 18ct gold. A Regency gold pendant in very good condition.
A wonderfully expressive and detailed locket. This locket was created at the peak of Jane Austen’s writing career: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma were all published around the time that this pendant was crafted. The front of the locket features a detailed and lovely design of crawling vines surrounding the figure of cupid, and on the back is the Latin word Amitie, meaning friendship. In the locket are two locks of hair, one blonde and one brunette, arranged beautifully using regency-era hairwork techniques. This locket is a sweet and sentimental token of friendship and is a marvellous example of regency-era jewellery meant to symbolize everlasting love.
Should you choose to make this purchase we would be delighted to send it to you in a Bentley & Skinner handmade leather case packed in a giftwrapped Bentley & Skinner black and gold presentation box. Shortly afterwards we will send you on a complimentary valuation of this item for insurance purposes for your reference and safekeeping.