Locket Maker: Tiffany and Company (American, founded 1837)


American Decorative Arts

On view, 1st floor, American Decorative Arts before 1900

Oval lockets and miniatures were frequently associated with courtship or intimate relationships. After the introduction of photography in the mid-nineteenth century, lockets grew in popularity as containers for photographic portraits, which were less costly and more easily obtained than watercolor-on-ivory miniatures. This gold locket bears the inscription "Aimée from Brad / Aug 6, 1877." The full identity of this couple is unknown, but the date may commemorate their wedding, an anniversary, or some other meaningful occasion. It was retailed by Tiffany and Company, one of America's premier purveyors of fine jewelry. The applied, intertwined monogram is in the Renaissance Revival style that was popular during the third quarter of the nineteenth century.


Gold and glass


2 1/8 × 1 1/8 × 1/2 in. (5.398 × 2.858 × 1.27 cm)

Credit Line

Anonymous gift

Accession Number



19th century


Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of records is ongoing.

  • "Acquisitions," https://artgallery.yale.edu/sites/default/files/files/Pub_Bull_acquisitions_2011.pdf (accessed March 1, 2012).
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Object/Work type



gold mining


"TIFFANY [in an arc] & Co [o superscript with underscore]" struck incuse on the interior of the lower half


"Aimée from Brad/Aug 6th 1877" engraved lengthwise on the interior of the lid

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