This beautiful 1940's gold filled and mother of pearl military sweetheart locket has a wonderfully detailed flowing ribbon shaped frame. The mop center is luminous, bezel set oval shaped with a nicely detailed US military Army Eagle insignia, also the Great Seal of the US. This vintage pendant is a hidden back snap closed locket. Such a charming find for Army/military/armed forces collectors. It is from the Providence Stock Company, who made many such military homefront or sweetheart jewelry items, in business from 1890 to at least the 1950's. It is marked Pr. St. Co., 1/20-12KT on sterling on the back at the bottom of the locket door,a bit hard to see in the swirling incised design of the door. It is from the Providence Stock Company, in business from 1890 to at least the 1950's in Providence, Rhode Island. Their military homefront jewelry items made during the second World War are very collectible. The locket is 1 1/8 inches tall, and one inch across. The bale adds another ¼ of an inch and is marked 14/20 GF, gold over sterling. The mother of pearl is very luminous and reflects soft pastels when the light strikes. It has a natural inclusion at the bottom, completely smooth and within the polished shell. It is less noticeable when hanging on the body, and does not detract from the beauty of the overall piece. The oval shaped frames that hold photos, the red paper backings, and one celluloid film cover inside the door of the locket are intact, ready for your pictures if desired. This marvel is in overall very good condition and has a hint of vintage, age appropriate patina, yet is still shiny and bright. It is suspended from a sturdy, 1/8 of an inch thick serpentine style chain. The lovely 18 inch long gold filled chain is well made, marked Spiedel 1/20 12 KT GF on the connector next to the spring ring clasp. I'm sure it is a later addition, in really nice vintage condition and smooth on the skin. Friedrich Speidel founded the Speidel Company in 1867 in Germany, then in 1904 in Providence, Rhode Island. The chain division was started in 1911. They are still in business today, specializing mostly in bracelets and watch bands. These marvelous lockets were usually given by someone in the armed forces to loved ones for remembrance and are very collectible. Just as beautiful and marvelously sentimental today as all those years ago! A romantic, hard to find memento of times gone by.
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