This is a glittering antique Victorian period locket pendant necklace with cut steel front face over brass back locket, and suspended from a later vintage 26" long silver tone metal chain. This unusual locket opens to reveal a shiny interior with a glass covered compartment on one side ready to hold a small photograph or other memento. The cut steel in front is set over a steel base that was first given a metallic purple finish. Remnants of this purple finish can still be seen through the openings in the cut steel overlay design. The steels are individually riveted in place, not the later pressed steel material. The chain has no clasp but at 26" long is amply big enough to slip over the head without needing a clasp.
The locket measures 1.125" x 1.25", excluding the bail. The interior compartment is approximately .75" x .875" and almost .25" deep. The 26" long chain is almost .125" wide.
Condition is overall good. There is wear to the purple finish under the cut steel overlay in front. Brass back has normal tarnish of age giving it a soft warm color, though it could be brightly polished if desired.
This is a highly unusual locket. Early cut steel jewelry is quite desirable and this locket is a rare form of this type of jewelry.
Item ID: M13cs413
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