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Victorian love token earrings

A mid-eighteenth-century foundling token, a ring with a heart-shaped stone, small padlock and key attached at either side (only just visible in this image); Latin engraving on the interior of the band ('He who neglects me loses me') means that it could originally have been a love token; the ring was left as a 'foundling token' with a baby girl.

Carved Ivory Love Token Brooch c.1880.

Cog-wheels symbolic of a wedding promise. Mother-of-pearl love token comb, UK

Gold, pearl and crystal ring, France c.1790. Under the crystal of this French love token is written “For My Sophie You are Always My Little Darling 1790”

in the 18th and 19th centuries, wealthy british and european lovers exchanged ‘eye miniatures…’ love tokens so clandestine that even now it is almost impossible to identify their recipients or the people they depict. they were meant to be worn inside the lapel, near the heart.