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Victorian Reverse Painted Hope Locket

When the anchor motif appears in 19th century jewelry it represents hope. The symbolism derives from a Bible verse that describes the feeling of hope as an anchor for the soul. This remarkable locket features a sepia-tone reverse painted personification of Hope leaning against a plinth at the water's edge. Beside her, an anchor. A vibrant watercolor painting of a ship sailing out to sea inside the locket gives the scene a wonderful sense of depth and movement.


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), watercolor painting, glass

  • Age

    c. 1860

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    2 1/4" length including the bale, 1 3/4" diameter

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RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.