The Fox Hunt was the most popular sport of the upper classes in Victorian England. It was an expensive and sprawling event, involving large house parties at country estates, with parties and balls connected to the Hunt. The thrill of jumping the well-kept hedges throughout the countryside as well as the speed of the pack gave a feeling of danger and peril to the pursuit. Women even participated, wearing smart riding habits and riding side saddle. An Al Fresco breakfast was usually provided in the field, providing much needed rest and revivification for the daring ladies participating in the hunt.
This somewhat whimsical square-shaped locket was probably worn as a fob by a gentleman. It most likely held smelling salts, used to resuscitate anyone who might require more than brunch after taking a tumble! And such a pretty little case in which to carry it: sixteen diamonds form the motif of a fox's head, all framed by lovely repoussée work on the face. Further gold-work edges the locket, with a lovely bale to keep it safe on a chain. It's a wonderful little memento of an age-old custom still being enjoyed today.
Dimensions: Pendant is 38mm long with bale x 28mm at widest point.
Weight: 10.6 grams; diamonds approx. 0.40ctw
Materials: Gold, diamonds
Metal: 10K gold
Condition: Excellent antique condition