Known for their strong Art Nouveau repousse designs, the Unger Brothers became one of the premier and most well-know American manufacturers of sterling silver jewelry and objects. Born to a family that immigrated from Germany, the Unger Brothers established their business in Newark, NJ and began producing sterling silver jewelry in 1878. They specialized in manufacturing jewelry, glass cutting and silversmithing and in addition to jewelry, produced numerous other items including brushes, hand mirrors, combs, and powder boxes with repoussed silver lids.
This fabulous locket is a wonderful example of the Unger Brothers' art form. From the Art Nouveau (ca1900) period, this sterling silver piece has the wonderful raised image of a smiling woman sitting within a garden of beautiful flowers. The picture is intricately detailed with long flowing locks of hair, a romantic expression on her face and lovely flowers and vines framing the entire piece. The back locket has the hand engraved initials "EMC" written in fancy script. The surface of the silver has a wonderful natural patina which adds to the richness and depth to the image. The locket is fairly large in size and hangs from a simple bail, opening at the top right corner to reveal 2 spaces for a special photograph. It is also marked "STERLING" twice on the inside along with the hand etched numbers "01581". Although the locket doesn't carry the standard Unger Brothers hallmark, we have located it in one of the Unger Brothers catalogs and is original. A beautiful work of art, this locket would look lovely worn alone or with other lockets and pendants!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 1 7/8" in length, has a diameter 1 1/2" and is 3/4" at the thickest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver and the locket closes easily and stays securely closed.