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“Gibson Girl” refers to a popular image that is considered as an ideal of
beauty the term refers to the artwork of artist, Charles Dana Gibson. The
Gibson Girl made its appearance in many magazines and reproductions and become
one of the most memorable images of the early 20th century. The ideal of beauty
based on the Gibson Girl is the image of the hourglass figure and aristocratic
The image of
beauty that the Gibson Girl depicted can be traced back to the classical works
made during the romantic era. This is the image of a hot hourglass body that
has been cinched with a corset. This is a beauty that also has long, flowing
hair but also swept back to a demure hairdo. Her face features a small but well
defined nose and mouth but her eyes are a bit large. The Gibson Girl has also
been associated with the aristocratic pursuits of high fashion and expensive
clothing. Over-all, she epitomizes the lady with good breeding.
What a pleasure to offer this HUGE Genuine Antique Locket. It is
simply Divine and features the repousse design of a “Gibson Girl” accented and Daisy
flowers and flowing foliage (with typical Nouveau fluidity) with a curve
encrusted with large clear and sparkling brilliants. Unusually, the back is
plain and smooth (void of a monogram) and inside houses both original frames. The
hinge and clasp mechanism are in secure working order.
Its hue is a warm yellow gold with the “patina” of yellow gold
within the depths of the design that could be polished up. It has the silky
smooth feel usually only associated with solid carat gold and expected of
quality antique jewellery.
Era: Victorian/Art Nouveau c1900
Trademark: S.&B.L.CO with a star and VERIBEST
& B. Lederer Company, established in 1878 and operating until around 1931
producing a range of gold and gold filled jewellery including chains, swivels
& lockets. From my knowledge as a collector, their trademark, Veribest Gold
Star Guaranteed “None Better Made”.
Material: Gold Filled – unmarked
Gold purity: outer surfaces tested positive for 12 carat gold
including fixed bail
Diameter: a wide 5cm or
Weight: a very hefty 31.1 grams
Near MINT Antique condition! What
a rarity – an Antique Heirloom Quality with no monogram. There is no wear and
no missing stones, just a barely-there dent that looks like a shadow to the
back that is not noticeable. It is sure to take pride of place in any Antique
jewellery collection. You will be thrilled with this purchase ready to enclose LARGE
pictures of loved ones to wear close to your heart.