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Mourning locket
(c. 1870)

(plastic), metal, glass, paper (photograph), hair
5.0 × 4.0 × 2.9 cm
Place/s of Execution
Accession Number
International Decorative Arts
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Mrs Vera Donaldson, 1978
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
Gallery location
Not on display
Oval black mourning locket with an applied decorative element in high relief featuring a bouquet of flowers and leaves. Single hinge at proper left edge opens to reveal an inset image on each side: an oval black and white photograph of a man at proper right, and of a woman at proper left. Each photograph is adhered directly to the black background and surrounded with inscribed abstract decorations. A glass oval front rimmed with a gold coloured metal edging is inset over the image, and surrounded by further inscribed abstract decoration. The glass, metal rim and a lock of fair hair from over the image of the woman is currently stored separately. The locket may be thermoset plastic. Two holes present near the hinge.