Idolized, symbolized and worshiped for centuries, lions are believed to embody strength, courage, nobility and leadership. It's no wonder they have become such a popular jewelry motif!
The Ancient Egyptians were one of the first to immortalize the king of the jungle in their jewelry, however, it was British illustrator and cartoonist John Tenniel who elevated the symbol of the lion -- particularly the British lion -- in the Victorian era.
Tenniel's illustrations for "The Herdsman and the Lost Bull" in 1848 thrust the iconic imagery of the British lion into the limelight and soon lions began making an appearance in nearly every artistic form available.
This expertly crafted gold filled locket features a 3-dimensional roaring lion centerpiece with garnet glass eyes and clenching a clear rhinestone in its mouth. The back of the locket has beautifully engraved initials.
Roaring lions traditionally are seen as a symbol of power, prestige and courage.
This spectacular piece was made by the Wightman & Hough Company of Providence, RI. The company was operational from 1856 to 1922 and mainly specialized in fine and costume lockets, seals and medallions.
Chain is not included.
Materials: Gold over brass, glass
Measurements: 1 3/8" x 1 1/4"
Markings: W&H Co in heart
Condition: Very Good
Locket has some light wear to the gold plating. It is mostly visible under magnification.