Submitted by jays on 28 January 2014 - 2:20pm

This pretty engraved and chased silver locket with a beaded edge has a Birmingham hallmark with a date letter for 1905 and the maker’s mark W T & S, but the pair of photographic portraits of young girls contained within the locket are of a much earlier date. They were the daughters – and only children – of Edwin Stephen Rouse and his wife Bessie, nee Buchanan. The eldest was Nina Beatrice Rouse (1875-1968) born in January 1875 at Lara, the Darlinghurst home of her Buchanan grandparents.  Her younger sister, Kathleen Buchanan Rouse (1878-1932) was born at Lara in July 1878. The photographs were taken around 1880 by Sydney studio photographers Freeman & Company.  By 1905 Nina had been married for ten years and was herself a mother. Kathleen, on the other hand,  had become a seasoned traveller, remembered in her family for bringing back odd bits of jewellery and other trinkets from her sojourns abroad. Perhaps this locket was bought by Kathleen as a gift for her mother on one of her journeys?

Photograph: Jamie North, 2013
Rouse Hill House & Farm
Oval silver locket containing silver gelatin portrait prints of Nina Rouse and Kathleen Rouse, made in 1905 Oval silver locket containing silver gelatin portrait prints of Nina Rouse and Kathleen Rouse, made in 1905 Oval silver locket containing silver gelatin portrait prints of Nina Rouse and Kathleen Rouse, made in 1905 Oval silver locket containing silver gelatin portrait prints of Nina Rouse and Kathleen Rouse, made in 1905
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Hamilton Rouse Hill Trust Collection
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HR88/69