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Locket: M/P.6-1937

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Mourning 'fausse montre' locket. Gilt metla (probably a copper alloy), hair (of Swinburne and Rossetti) and white silk. Circular with chased gold ring for suspension. The front and back engine-turned with a radiating geometrical pattern. The border chased with flowers and foliage in rococo style. Inside is a circular compartment lined with white silk on which lies a dark brown and a light brown curl of hair decorated with gold wire covered with a convex glass disc. On the interior of the hinged cover is the engraved inscription:
Hair of
D.G. Rossetti
cut in 1877.
and of A.C. Swinburne
cut in 1870
given to S.C. Cockerell
by W.M. Rossetti in 1910
and by
Isabel Swinburne
in 1913


History note: Given to Charles Ricketts by S.G. Cockerell in 1926. It became C.H. Shannon's property after Ricketts' death in 1931.

Legal notes

The Ricketts and Shannon Collection. Bequeathed by Charles Shannon, 1937

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5 mm
Height: 51 mm
Width: 37.5 mm

Relative size of this object

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Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1937) by Shannon, Charles Haslewood


Early 20th century
Circa 1910 - Circa 1926

School or Style


Components of the work

Part composed of gilt metal hair silk (textile)

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: io je 458
  • Location: At top of engraved inscription
  • Method of creation: Scratch
  • Type: Mark
  • Text: Hair of D.G. Rossetti cut in 1877. and of A.C. Swinburne cut in 1870 given to S.C. Cockerell by W.M. Rossetti in 1910 and by Isabel Swinburne in 1913
  • Location: On the interior of the hinged cover
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Engraving

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M/P.6-1937
Primary reference Number: 47096
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 10 October 2022 Last processed: Monday 10 October 2022

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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