This is a fine large antique French Art Nouveau slide locket. It is rare and beautifully crafted. The applied and repousse embossed design to both sides is extraordinarily fine with a realistic design of Iris flowers known in France as 'fleurs de lis'. The background has a wonderful texture which accentuates the repousse detail beautifully.
To the interior there is some lovely old taffeta material, which could be removed if desired. The locket is unmarked but is silver plated not solid silver and the plating is in excellent condition. Antique French silver plating was applied to a depth of 40 microns (modern plating is often to a depth of 3 microns) The rivet holding the sliding top is copper. In excellent antique condition with no damage to note and gentle antique wear evident.
Dimensions are : 2 1/8 inches in length; 1 5/8 inches wide; depth is 3/8 inch; weight is 19.9 grams.
A superb French slide locket with beautiful Art Nouveau repousse detail.
Item ID: AJ-646
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