On offer is this lovely Victorian Austro-Hungarian silver locket, c1880.
The mark/indentation to top hoop is too difficult to decipher; however I believe it is the silver mark for the Austro-Hungarian Empire used between 1867 and 1922.
This would indicate a silver fineness of .750.
The case is enamelled in black; with three falling leaves, each set with a trio of seed pearls. Clearly this was a mourning locket.
The interior of the locket is gilded and has 2 framed and glazed compartments; these contain original images of a lady and gent, the gent being a man of the cloth?
Closes securely with a click.
In good overall antique condition; there is a very small chip to outer border of front case & some surface wear/scuffing to the enamel, commensurate with age and use. Also, on the closure side there is an additional slit in the metal (see image 7), possibly done to make opening the locket easier??
Measurements: 1.9" by 1.2" (including fixed ring & bail).
All photographs should be be supersized for full, clear detail of item on offer and its condition. They are a major part of the description.
These lockets are incredibly collectable; they never stay around long!! This example is particularly poignant and a design I have not seen before.
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