Circa 1840, this superb quality Georgian/Victorian 18ct yellow gold and black enamel mourning locket is just beautiful and full of tender sentiment.
Generously sized and intricately detailed the front of the locket is decorated in black enamelling spelling out "In Memory Of" in Old English script along with a poignant bee motif at the bottom that symbolises the soul leaving the body.
A glass compartment in the centre of the locket holds the woven hair of the dearly departed. The compartment flips out easily using a fingernail so you can remove the contents and replace them with your own if you wish, perhaps a photo or a lock of hair.
The back of the locket features elegant machine turned engraving and an ornate floral scroll frame along with a large hinged bale decorated in beads finishes this truly beautiful antique mourning locket.
The locket tests as solid 18ct gold both on the front and on the back. The ornate scroll frame is 18ct heavy gold cased. Gold casing is achieved by mechanically bonding a thick layer of gold a stronger metal core.
MATERIALS: 18ct gold, acid tested
ERA: circa 1840, Victorian/Georgian
MEASUREMENTS: 1-3/4" (4.5cm) tall, 1-1/4" wide (3cm), depth 5mm, hinged ring bale 14mm
WEIGHT: 9.8 grams
CONDITION: in excellent antique condition with minimal wear. The enamelling is in beautiful condition with minimal signs of loss. The glass at the front is damage free. There are a couple of tiny pinpoint dings in the solid gold at the back of the pendant. There is no surface wear to the gold casing on the scroll frame.
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Materials: 18ct Gold, Enamel.