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Title: Locket
Identifier: 2005.1.4
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1885
Image Creator: Museums of Mississuaga
Creation Date: 2005
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Oval sterling silver locket overlaid with yellow gold. The locket has an image of a man fishing engraved on the front. The man is sitting on a fence and fishing, with trees, mountains and water in the background. Hallmarked Birmington, England, 1885, the locket hangs on a silver plate suspended from a brass cable link necklace. Inside the locket is a curled lock of blonde hair with some dried pink flowers on one side and a greying dark brown lock of hair on the other side. The hair is covered with celluloid.

History: Kathleen Agnes Sayers neé Colloton (1907 -1981) was the wife of Geoffrey Sayers. Kathleen, known as Kay, married Geoffrey in 1933 at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Erindale. Kay and Geoffrey never had any children and were the last Harris relatives to live at Benares. This jewellery was part of Kay Sayers Estate and was donated by Geoffrey Sayers. Many of these pieces were originally from inheritances through the Harris and Draper families.
Large lockets with heavy chains became very fashionable in the 1870’s and were the most popular fashion ornament for everyday wear. Lockets were oversized to accommodate photographs that were difficult to reduce at that time although they were also used to hold the hair of a loved one. Often the style was “architectural” and very heavy and usually worn high up on the chest. Lockets were also worn by children and by men usually in the form of a watch fob.
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