UNGER BROS. Late Victorian Sterling Native American Chief Repousse Locket
Known for their strong Art Nouveau repousse designs, the Unger Brothers became one of the premier and most well-known American manufacturers of sterling silver jewelry and decorative 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 repousse silver lids.
This exquisite locket from the late Victorian (ca1900) era is a wonderful example of the Unger Brothers' work! This sterling silver piece boasts an exceptional repousse design of a Native American chief, a famous motif by the esteemed designers. The incredible raised details cover the entire front surface, showcasing his feathered headdress, exceptional facial features, and stoic expression. The locket opens to reveal a space to store a special photograph behind a removable frame, and stamped on either side, is "STERLING." The back of the piece is engraved with a set of monogrammed initials in an elegant cursive script. Finishing the design is a simple bail that rests at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. An incredible late Victorian keepsake piece by an esteemed maker, this locket would be right at home in any collection!
Measurements: The piece hangs 1 1/2" in total length (including the bail at the top). The locket itself measures 1" in diameter, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or to the repousse detail on the outside surface. There are a few dents and scratches on the inside of the locket and to the frame, however they are not noticeable when worn. The removable frame inside is secure and intact. The bail is secure and in good working condition. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is normal given the age of the piece and adds to its beauty and character.