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Object ID # 1957.027.008
Object Name Locket
Title Victorian Locket
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a Victorian woman's silver locket (that no longer has a chain). The locket is vertically-oval in shape, and plain and smooth on the exterior. The back and front sides have a slightly convex shape. One side has a hinge. The other side has a depression so that one's fingernail can be used to pry open the locket's hinged cover. The interior of the locket is empty. The locket is suspended pendant-style from a large spring ring, which has a ribbed surface. Its maker is unknown.
Provenance The original ownership of this item is unknown. It was found among the Estate items of Martha Jacobina Urquhart (née Paterson) of Owen Sound, who died in 1939. The locket would very likely have belonged to a woman of the Robert & Anne Jane Paterson (née Foster) or Urquhart families of Owen Sound before Martha acquired it. After 1939, it was last kept by Margaret Melbourne Carrie (née Kilbourn) of Owen Sound, whose mother had been a Margaret A. Paterson before she married George Stirk Kilbourn. Perhaps Martha and Margaret were sisters?
Collection Jewellery, 19th-c Collection
Material Silver
Dimensions W-2.6 L-5.5 D-0.7 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Urquhart, Martha J.

Carrie, Margaret
Subjects Necklaces
Search Terms Victorian
Function A locket in Victorian times was a sentimental jewellery piece, worn and kept by a female, which had a protected interior storage space for keeping tiny photographs or locks of hair.