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Object ID # 1957.027.007
Object Name Locket
Title Book Chain Link Locket Necklace
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date Late 19th-century
Year Range from 1860
Year Range to 1890
Artist Unknown
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Lady's locket-style necklace (silver and metal) with 35 book chain links to it. It likely was made in the 1860s-1880s? The 35 book chain links are held on flat, cut-out steel holders. The links are decorated on their obverse sides and are plain on the their reverses. There is a large spring ring adjoining two circular loops that are adjoined to some chain links. This spring ring is located two book chain links up on the left side of the necklace when the lady was wearing it. At the base of the chain is a larger spring ring, which supports a thick hanging loop and a locket. The locket is oval in shape and is decorated on both sides. The locket's obverse has a panel running vertically that has five brass-tone flowers on it. There are three evergreen-like triangles on each side. The reverse has a large, decorative engraving of some initials that are intertwined. They look like "P", "M", and a fish-like design. The locket is hinged and has a groove on its left side for opening it up. Inside, there are two recessed areas. One side has a tintype snippet under glass. Two other small tintype portraits are placed loosely in the locket. The portraits are of young girls. Perhaps they were daughters of the owner of the necklace?
Makers mark None seen
Provenance This Victorian necklace and locket came from the Estate of Mrs. Martha J. Urquhart (nee Paterson) of Owen Sound, Ontario (d. 1939). Donated at the same time was a fireplace screen, made by Mrs. Robert (Anne Jane) Paterson (nee Foster) of Owen Sound. Apparently this item had belonged to possibly Anne Jane Paterson, or her daughter Martha, or Margaret Paterson (who married George Stirk Kilbourn).
Anne Paterson was an exceptional needlewoman, and her husband, Robert Paterson, was the second mayor of the village of Sydenham (later called Owen Sound, Ont.) and was a well-to-do businessman (nicknamed "Bobby Cash"). The monogram on the locket apparently stands for either Martha Paterson or Margaret Paterson? The item was last owned after 1939 by Margaret Melbourne Carrie (nee Kilbourn), whose mother had been Margaret A. Paterson.

It is not known who made this item. It is a 19th-century item, perhaps from the 1860-1880 period?

The 1932 Vernon's Directory of Owen Sound listed Martha J. Urquhart as a widow of Donald P. Urquhart, living then at 745 2nd Ave. West. Some other Urquharts are also listed.

In the Owen Sound Advertiser of Jan. 4, 1872, brief mention was made of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Urquhart of Owen Sound having had a baby boy born to them.

Collection Jewellery, 19th-c Collection
Material Silver/Metal
Dimensions L-29 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Urquhart, Martha J.
Paterson (Patterson), Robert "Bobby Cash"
Carrie, Margaret
Subjects Jewelry
Search Terms Victorian
Function Ornamentation that is worn by a woman around her neck. The locket allows for sentimental keepsakes to be kept inside.