Saturday, October 26, 2013

Souvenir Saturday: Maritime Locket late 18th c

This locket dates from the late 18th c. The miniature painting, appropiately for that period of naval warfare, shows a figure representing Hope, anchored ashore, waving farewell to a departing warship seen in the background. At the back of the locket, an empty compartment would have held a lock of hair or other personal memento. (National Maritime Museum, London)

Such a trinket would have been beyond the reach of the average sailor like James Caithness. 

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