A beautifully engraved antique nine-carat gold "back and front" locket decorated with red, white and blue enamel. The hand engraving is crisp and lovely, typically Victorian in style.
The enamel decoration depicts several letters, perhaps denoting a romantic relationship or a family connection: ED, AC, R. The back has a central cartouche which has been hand engraved in dots with the monogram LL. If only jewellery could talk, this piece would surely have an interesting story to tell!
The locket contains a photograph under acetate of a dashing soldier in uniform. The other side contains plain cardboard which can be removed to see the reverse of the enamel design.
Back and front lockets are constructed in solid gold on the front and back with the inside rim, the hinge and the removable frames in another metal, often gold plated. This form of construction was very popular as gold is quite soft and easily damaged on its own, so the metal frame adds stability and longevity.
Size: 3.5 x 2.7cm not including the bail, which is gold coloured metal.
Overall in very good antique condition, although the enamel has suffered over the years and is missing in parts (see photos). The hinge is in good working order and the locket opens easily with a fingernail and snaps shut securely with a satisfying click.
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