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Aesthetic Movement Floriography Shirt Collarwith Locket


Floriography symbolism abounds here: we have passionflowers (which didn't actually mean "passion"), ivy for clinging affection, and roses, which DID mean something closer to "passion". Then we see engraved ferns all over the place. Don't get me started on pteridomania - "fern mania" - one of my favorite Victorian crazes. The original silk velvet lines the collar's reverse so the necklace lays comfortably on your collarbones. Rose gold curliques and green onlaid leaves put it all over the top. Fantastic condition.


  • Materials

    sterling silver with rose and green gold onlay, purple velvet backing

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - locket is missing its lenses and inserts

  • Size

    17" length, collar is 1 3/8" at the widest point, locket measures 2 1/4" including the bale

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RelatedHistory Lesson

Floriography: The Secret Language of Flowers

Floriography allowed the Victorians to communicate their desires without saying anything at all.