This is a really impressive large 18ct gold memorial locket with black enamel and a motif on the front of a "Forget me not" flower set with natural split pearls.The top loop is also enamelled and set with pearls.
It was made by Edwin William Streeter (1834-1923) who worked for Harry Emanuel before setting up on his own account in 1867/8 in Conduit Street. He moved in 1873 to Harry Emanuel's old premises in New Bond Street where he described himself as 'Diamond merchant, Goldsmith, Jeweller, Watchmaker'. He took a particular interest in precious stones. Although he announced his retirement in 1884 and sold off much of his stock, he did not retire but admitted partners into his business which was now restyled Streeter & Co and became a limited liability company in 1895 as Streeter & Co Ltd.
By 1904 E W Streeter finally retired and the premises and goodwill were transferred to the United Investment Corporation and the remaining stock was sold at Christie's.
This locket, made in 1874, is a good example from the early days in Streeter's career.}