This beautiful Victorian 9ct gold locket is fashioned as a book, likely a bible and it is decorated in a different pattern on each side so you can wear it with either side facing.
One side features a turquoise blue enamelled belt and buckle, often called a garter. The belt and buckle motif in jewellery represented loyalty, strength and protection to the sentimental Victorians. The other side is chased and engraved in a pretty floral pattern and it has a plain cartouche in the centre, oftentimes these gold panels were engraved with the owners initials but this one is still blank if you wanted to add your own.
The locket opens from the side to reveal a fairly deep glass fronted locket box along with a cardboard liner and a black woven silk placeholder. Typically these box compartment lockets were used to house the sentimental hair work that was so popular in the Victorian era so the woven silk placeholder gives the impression of a weave of hair. If you wanted to add your own photo or lock of hair the box is easily removed by inserting a thin blade around the edge and flipping it out. The locket suspends from a good quality 9ct gold twisted curb fine chain.
The locket is in good antique condition. The engraving has lost a little of its crispness and there is a slight depression at the top were the locket has been opened and closed by countless fingers. There is some blue enamel loss to the belt motif and the ring bale at the top has a tiny old lead soldered repair that is only really noticeable under magnification, please see the photos. The hinge is solid and in perfect working order and the locket snaps tightly shut. The chain is in very good condition with no breaks, it is kink free and the clasp works perfectly.
MATERIALS: 9ct gold locket and chain
MEASUREMENTS: approx. 1 (42.5cm) high, 3/4" wide (1.9cm) wide and 4mm deep
DATE: circa, 1860, Victorian
WEIGHT: 5.9 grams
HALLMARKS: the locket is not marked, it is acid tested and verified 9ct gold. The chain is stamped '9KT'
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