Spectacular gutta percha/ Vulcanite Victorian mourning jewelry antique necklace with a detailed forget me not locket pendant! The locket has an ornately carved design on the front with a banner having 'Forget Me Not' across the center. When opened, the locket has two compartments, one with original glass and ring, to house a photo or memento mori. The chain is a series of graduated thick oval links ending with a black enamel hook clasp. Exquisitely produced and a most unique piece of authentic all original Victorian mourning jewelry that is as wearable today as it was 150 years ago!
Gutta percha is derived from tropical trees indigenous to Southeast Asia. The sap from the trees formed a latex which allowed the Victorians to create jewelry, furniture as well as dentistry. Blocks of gray, black and brown were used by the artists to create the pieces. This necklace/watch chain is a wonderful piece of Victorian history and very well preserved.
Materials: Gutta Percha
Measurements: 17.5 inches for the chain with the locket and small metal bail adding an additional 2 1/8 inches
Circa: 1850-1860 Civil War Era
Condition: Very good antique condition. The locket closes with a firm snap with the carving crisp.