A gorgeous example in solid 9k with a golden to pink tonality, this rare graphic locket features a hand etched paisley scroll throughout, with raised letters that state “Dinna Forget.” Dinna Forget was a phrase most often used in Scottish courting, found in the folkloric poem of uknown authorship bellow. Edwin Grover wrote a short poem of the same title in 1890, depicting the phrase in the platonic sense.
This particular locket underscores its Scottish heritage with the addition of two thistle blooms at the top and bottom of the front face, and a sizable shield at the back, which could have been etched with the family crest, or initials of the beloved. One could further customize this treasure with the addition of an inscription within the shield.
DINNA FORGET ME. The last time we roved through Lochaber’s dark glen, When the red blooming heather wi’ night dew was wet, You ken, bonnie lass, what ye promised me then; You canna forget love ! you canna forget ! You said when the harvest moon blink’d forth again, When the gowans’ gay hues and the simmer beams met, That the kirk and the good ring should make you my ain. Dinna forget love ! oh, dinna forget ! Ann now the sun glitters o'er braes, and through birk ; Though late in the gloaming his ray lingers yet : Simmer is come, love ; the ring and the kirk Dinna forget, love ! oh, dinna forget !
Materials and Features: 9k Gold
Age/Origin: Scottish, c. 1880
Condition: Excellent condition. There is some wear to the hinge, which has a metal armature to keep the locket functional.
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