Necklace with locket; XEC.1739


Necklace with locket

About this object

This golden locket was given to Caroline White from her father on her fifth birthday. Inside the lid Caroline’s father had the following inscription engraved: “C. E. White from her Papa on her 5th birthday 19th June 1859.” On the opposite side of the locket there is an insert of woven dark and light brown hair which could have possibly belonged to her father and mother or some other family member. Although hair is a strange material to the modern viewer, during the mid-19th century it was fashionable and socially acceptable to wear the hair of a loved one as part of a piece of jewellery.

Caroline White was the daughter of William White and Eliza Chitty Clendon. She married Martin Lush, the son of Reverend Vicesimus and Blanche Lush. It is interesting to note that Caroline’s mother, Eliza, was the daughter of Captain James Reddy Clendon who was an early settler in New Zealand and was a witness to the Treaty of Waitangi. Eliza was born at sea off Hokianga in 1829.

For more information about the Lush family and Ewelme Cottage, which is cared for by Heritage New Zealand Pouhere Taonga, visit our website.

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Inscription and Marks

Engraved dedication reading "C. E. White from her Papa on her 5th Birthday 19th June 1859."


Chain measures 40.4cm in length
Locket measure 2.8cm in diameter

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Collection of Ewelme Cottage, Heritage New Zealand Historic Pouhere Taonga

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