Over the 45 years I've collected charms, my favourites have been the very old Victorian era ones. I would estimate this charm to be from the late 19th century or early 20th century.
This is a lovely example, in beautifully crafted 9k (9 carat) rose gold. It is a pair of binoculars, perhaps like those used at the horse racing or watching yachts! It does not move. Perhaps it was originally a decorative man's watch fob?
Marks: The 'lens' of the charm has an old '9 C' mark - a simple very old hallmark indicating it was possibly made in Australia. The jump ring is also hallmarked '375' and '9' - no mark for place of hallmarking, or maker, so this adds to my belief that it is an old Australian charm. Very hard to find these days - and in such good order!
Dimensions: The charm has a total hanging length of just over 3/4 inch (~2cm) including the bail and jump ring, and a width of just under 3/4 inch (2cm). It weighs 1.3 grams.
Condition: The hollow rose gold charm is in excellent antique condition, with only aged patina and one teeny tiny ding that can only be seen with high resolution magnification. The rose gold has lovely soft aged patina of antique rose gold - I haven't cleaned it. It appears more 'yellow' under the photography lights than it does in natural light. It has a nice solid feel.
Overall, a lovely example of an early Australian gold charm, that would make a great addition to any collection!
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