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Ref  NW3  Greive Not That Hart

I have not had one of these lockets for about 15 years and never one with this particular mourning motto. An amuletic silver heart-shaped locket pendant, circa 1650, in two parts forming a shallow compartment for a scent-impregnated sponge. It is inscribed : Greive not that hart whose joye thou art, above an eye shedding tears. Such lockets were made to commemorate the execution of King Charles 1 on 30 January, 1649. The motto demonstrates the orthographic peculiarities in spelling prior to the publication of Samuel Johnson's dictionary in 1755; the use of the 'long s' [easily confused with f]  and the archaic spelling of 'hart', 'greive' and 'joye'. The locket measures one inch by 3/4 of an inch. For similar lockets see catalogue entries 127 and 135 in Murdoch's Treaures and Trinkets [Museum of London collection] and the V & A Museum and British Museum jewellery collections.

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Similar heart locket in the Museum of London collection

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