The cover glass in the back half of this locket is missing. It's the only flaw I can find to note, and certainly it can be recut and easily replaced, but I want to get this one up and listed right away. Just in with the buys from recent Europe buying trip, it is a French masterpiece of sterling silver and 18k gold combined (as only the French were able to do with such success, 18th to 19th century). I'd date this kiln-fired enamel locket to latest 1700s perhaps, but not later than 1840. Likely that it was originally a locket with a hair lock in back, a memento of love. The small oval and convex plaque is excellent, not chipped nor cracked nor flawed which is quite rare to find. Note the halo of seed pearls, all of which are in place and are original to this old jewelry item. Baroque pearls as well as some more round, it's typical of the very old jewelry items like this one. Enamel is very "Boucher" or "Fragonard" - from the Romantic era of art tastes, mid-1700s, and includes a lady and her little dog. A superb find.
Very good to excellent throughout for age and type. Surface abrasions typical of age, and the kiln-fired enamel plaque is spectacular, undamaged. Seed pearls are original and intact. The only flaw notable is the missing cover glass in the back of the locket. Could be easily replaced. Priced at listing with consideration to the missing glass. Hinge operates very smoothly - lovely old thing.
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Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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