Two lovely pieces of jewelry that can be worn together, separately or paired with other pieces.
The first is a fantastic, delicately detailed, hand painted portrait of a long girl child on a small, round, porcelain disk which creates the front of the locket. The back of the locket has a hinged door, with clear glass insert, which displays a small lock of the child's light brown hair. The frame of the locket, surrounding the portrait, is embossed with a delicate floral and leaf pattern; the back is smooth. The portrait portrays a young girl, perhaps six to eight years of age with a sweet, angelic face, blue eyes and light brown, shoulder length hair, parted in the center falling into gentle curls. The locket, circa mid-1800's, appears to be composed of silver, though there are no hallmarks. A tiny ring at the top connects it to the watch lapel pin, but it could be worn on a favorite fine chain necklace. There are no dates or names inscribed on the piece, probably because of the small size. It could have been created not as a memorial or mourning item, but the lock of hair makes me feel it was made for the loss of this beautiful young child. The locket measures 7/8" across and is near mint condition with a slight patina on the metal.
The accompanying piece is a gorgeous Champenois & Co. gold "Iris" blossom design watch lapel pin, circa 1890-1910. This wonderful watch lapel pin measures 1" in length, 7/8" across, "C" clasp and stamped "CXK", which identifies the Champenois & Co., Newark, New Jersey, that was in operation from 1876-1950, creating jewelry in 10K to 14K gold. This piece has not been tested. Near mint condition.