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A gold Australian locket sold for £3500 at Tennants.

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The Sydney firm of Hogarth, Erichsen & Co pioneered the style in the 1850s but its popularity encouraged a number of followers into the late Victorian period.

This unmarked 3.6cm locket sold by Tennants (20/17/5/10% buyer’s premium) in Leyburn on September 19 is typical. It is worked with an intricate raised design of an emu to one side and a kangaroo to the other.

In good condition (many of these pieces were acquired as souvenirs rather than as ‘daily wearers’), it sold for £3500 against an estimate of £800-1200.