Victorian Pinchbeck Locket Pendant on a Link Chain, England, 19th century.
The necklace is made of pinchbeck (see below) with a massive link chain and a large oval locket.
The locket is hung on a decorated large bale.
It is fully ornamented with a front shield showing a lion crest over yellow enamel background.
The back of the locket is decorated with scrolled pattern engravings.
The locket opens on a hinge revealing two old family photos.
Chain length: 48cm / 18.9in.
Pendant: 5.5cm X 4cm / 2.16 X 1.57in.
Weight: 84.35gr / 2.71oz.
Very good condition.
Pinchbeck: An alloy of Zinc and Copper that looks like gold, invented by Christopher Pinchbeck a well known clockmaker born in London in the early eighteenth century. Jewelers in the nineteenth century used this alloy as a less expensive alternative to gold.