Locket, Possibly Mr. Johnson (father of E. M. Johnson), Gold, turquoise, and crystal, American

Locket

Maker:
Possibly Mr. Johnson (father of E. M. Johnson)
Date:
ca. 1878
Geography:
Made in Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Culture:
American
Medium:
Gold, turquoise, and crystal
Dimensions:
15/16 x 2 in. (2.4 x 5.1 cm)
Classification:
Jewelry
Credit Line:
Purchase, Susan and Jon Rotenstreich Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.555
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 706
This intricate Etruscan revival locket was made c.1878 in Springfield Massachusetts. An engraving inside the locket’s lid reads “E M Johnson from Father/ Dec. 25th, 1878,” and family tradition holds that “Father” was the jeweler himself who fabricated this piece for his daughter.
Inscription: Engraved interlaced mongram on back: EMJ. Engraved inside lid: E M Johnson FROM father / Dec. 25, 1878