A magnificent Victorian English silver locket necklace hallmarked for 1880 that contains 2 superb large period photos along with a thick fancy link antique chain.
The necklace is outstanding and very high quality. The overly large oval locket is exquisitely engraved and it has yellow and rose gold floral and foliage motifs along with the owners initials " FEO" The top is decorated with a beautiful large fanned bale. Inside are two wonderful black and white photos of a very attractive Edwardian couple (the locket predates the photos by about 30 years).
The locket suspends from a thick silver antique book chain that has long bar links, short love knot links and a torpedo clasp. The chain is very cleverly designed, once the clasp is fastened it becomes unobtrusive, the torpedo shape blends in seamlessly with the long links in the chain it and it takes a few moments to figure out where the clasp is again! The term book chain has its origin in the Victorian habit of using these big chains as placeholders in books!
The photos and video really do not do this necklace justice. It was very difficult to capture as it is highly reflective so we apologise for the dark shadows and red streaked reflections. It is beautiful to the eye, a truly exquisite Victorian locket and chain, ready to wear effortlessly right out of the box. We predict it is destined to become your favourite go-to piece of antique jewellery!
MATERIALS: sterling silver, rose gold, yellow gold
MEASUREMENTS: locket 2-1/2" (6.5cm) tall, 1-1/2" (3.6cm) wide, 7mm deep, chain 17-3/4" (45cm) long
HALLMARKS: locket stamped 'lion passant' for sterling, 'anchor' for Birmingham, date letter 'f' for 1880 and makers mark 'G.W.D' . There is a worn hallmark stamps on the chain that we can't read and we have acid tested to verify it's sterling silver.
ERA: Victorian, circa 1880
WEIGHT: locket 23.8 chain 23.7 total 37.2 grams
CONDITION: in very, very good antique condition with light surface scratches and tiny dings that you would expect in a piece of antique jewellery this age but nothing untoward, please see the photos. There is no wear to the sturdy hinge and the locket closes tightly with a hard snap. The photos are protected behind thick acetate covers and we haven't removed them preferring to leave the locket in its undisturbed state. The chain is free flowing and kink free with the clasp working perfectly and holding securely.
At Mercy Madge we offer distinctive and unique antique and vintage jewellery. Each piece is carefully hand selected by us, with you in mind. We rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!
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