A Victorian memorial locket.

The locket comprises a glazed compartment within an oval gold frame. One side has entwined initials overlaid with a marquess’s coronet and the other contains two locks of hair. It is thought that the initials are those of Isabella, wife of Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter, entwined with those of her much loved son Adelbert, who drowned in a boating accident in Canada, where he had lived and worked as a missionary for many years. Mourning rings and lockets, often containing the hair of a loved one, were extremely popular in the Victorian period, though, in this case, as Lord Adelbert outlived his mother, it may be that the locket marked his departure for a life in Canada.

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