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Victoria commissioned works that memorialised her beloved husband

Camille Silvy (1834-1910)

Queen Victoria's Locket c. 1861

Gold locket with onyx, diamond and enamel design, with hair and photograph contained inside | 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 cm (whole object) | RCIN 65301

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A small gold memorial locket, set with central oval onyx, black on white, with diamond star set in plain gold border with blue enamel inscription, 'Die reine Seele schwingt sich auf zu Gott', roughly translated as 'The pure soul flies up above to the Lord'. Opens to reveal hair on one side and photograph of Prince Albert on the other, both under glass.
  • Creator(s)

    Camille Silvy (1834-1910) (photographer)

    Prince Albert, Prince Consort (1819-61)
  • 3.7 x 2.4 x 0.6 cm (whole object)

  • This was one of a group of jewels placed in the ‘Albert Room’ at Windsor Castle after the Queen's death in 1901. This was the room in which Prince Albert had died in 1861 and the Queen left instructions for a specific list of personal jewellery to be placed there and not passed on in the family.

  • Object type(s)
      • costume
        • costume accessories
          • jewellery
            • lockets
            • commemorative jewellery
              • mourning jewellery
      • visual works
        • photographs
    • Social sciences
      • Ethnology
        • Mourning