An exquisitely preserved mid-Victorian era mourning locket, 2 3/8" long with bale, and in as pristine a condition as any antique we've ever offered. The oyster convex oval body of the pendant is polished jet, and the mountings and monogram are in pinchbeck, a high gold mimic of karat gold that does not test as gold. Black kiln-fired enamel set into the bale, and a perfectly hinged and fit cover glass with the original slightly convex and highly polished glass still intact open to put in your own memento. These were mourning jewelry items, of course, and the seed pearls are iconographical reference to the tears of the mourner left behind. Into the back, more likely original, would have been a plaiting or lock of hair from the lost loved one. The little photo tucked in this one is not original to it and post-dates it by probably nearly 80 years, likely c.1920. We'll leave it in, but you can see that there's depth enough for a memento of your choosing. I've put sand and tiny shells in one of these that reminds me of a particularly sweet memory. Love to wear these old treasures. While it would be nice if this one tested out at 14k or 15k, typical of the finest, it is in no way less lovely.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, without chips or damage to note. All of the original seed pearls are in place. No breaks to the old jet, nor the original cover glass back. A locket, memento or mourning, or just to wear with a photo of your own darlings in back.
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