Exterior of a locket, 1855.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm

Exterior of a locket, 1855.


© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


The exterior of a gold locket with intricate engraving of flowers and leaves and the dedication 'FCB to EMB, Jan'y 5th 1855', made by an unknown designer. Inside the locket is a hand-coloured photograph of a man, presumably FCB, and a lock of his hair. FCB had probably given this to his wife as a token of his love for her. Photographic jewellery quickly became popular in the early days of photography as a decorative and personal way to display pictures of loved ones.



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