A very refined French mourning locket from the Napoleon III era, with an exquisite shape and delightfully ornate details. Circa 1860-70.
The piece is gold filled and has a delicate rose gold color. Rolled gold is probably a more accurate definition of the technique, as this was what was around at the time, and the layer of gold, as seen from the edge, seems to be quite thick.
The bale seems to be a very low carat gold (7-8k) for which there is no testing available today.
The locket container is a gilt brass, and the transparent part is a thick, carved rock crystal.
The piece has plenty of tiny details, mini balls, carved leaves, volutes, chased lines. Jewelers did not spare their time and creativity in these antique pieces!
The locket, which is quite hollow, was meant to contain a lock of hair.
Some would also keep the image of a patron saint, or even a small relic there.
This is too early in History for a photograph. The medium was invented, but portraits weren't widespread yet. Which explains the oval shape.
A couple decades later, lockets will be round.
CONDITION: In good condition. Locket closes, but does not remain fully shut. (will not re-open though)
Bale is split at the bottom, and will only accommodate a chain with large links, or a ribbon.
A few mini stains on the metal, and a tiny flaw at the bottom, just above the ornaments. Not really noticeable.
Any jeweler could make these little details better.
Length (without bale): 1 1/2". Width: 13/16".
(4 cm) by (2 cm)
Will be shipped "First Class" Airmail to the US including insurance and "Registered Airmail" internationally, including insurance and signature at delivery.
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Item ID: 1909jwl
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