Mourning pedant and case

Made by Wilkinson, John in Leeds, England, 1826.

As an example of mourning jewellery, this 1826 locket, containing a lock of hair, reflects the ethos of romanticism and sentimentality which pervaded early nineteenth-century Britain. Sometimes seen as macabre and mawkish, the preservation of the deceased relative’s hair reflects a different sensibility from the modern sanitised view of death. According to Lou Taylor, mourning jewellery in the nineteenth century had three purposes: to be a ‘souvenir’, a reminder of mortality or memento mori and ...


Mourning pendant and case, gold / hairwork / seed pearls / paper / silk / metal, made by John Wilkinson Jeweller & Silversmith, Leeds, England, 1826

Mourning pendant, which has a gold case enclosing an ornamental motif executed in curled hair-work with seed pearls and gold wire on a blue background. Its frame is cast and roses decorate the handle. The pendant loop and border with flowers and leaves is in chased gold relief. The reverse is decorated with engine turning and, in the centre, an oval panel is bordered with chased gold flowers and leaves with the inscription: 'Harriet Bower was born July 8th 1809 died March 15th 1826, Caroline Sophia Bower was born June 23rd 1812 died Jan 9th 1826'. On the red oval case there is a label on the base with the name of the jeweller and silversmith.


The mourning pendant and case were made by John Wilkinson in Leeds, England in 1826.
Wilkinson, John 1826


This piece formed part of the donor Anne Schofield's personal collection.
Schofield, Anne


Donated through the Australian Government Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Schofield AM, 2004
15 October, 2004

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