This is a very interesting pendant. I am calling it mourning because of the urn, but I suppose it could well be a sentimental piece exchanged between loved ones. It is a heart shaped locket, with wonderful hair work on both sides. One side depicts a bridge, and two figures, most likely in a boat, though the boat is not visible as it is behind the bridge. The other side shows the urn, figures, and the weeping willow. It is hard for me to imagine the skill which went into crafting these items. This piece, including the bail, measures almost an inch North to South, and about 5/8 of an inch East to West. The circa 1800 piece is in excellent condition, save a few scratches on the glass. The gold tests 12 carat, and I will add a word here on the gold content of these Georgian items. As far as I know, at this time, only 18 carat items were considered to be gold, and they were often, but not always, marked. There were all sorts of "in between" grades, and the testing equipment was not as precise as what we have today. A lot of the items we consider gold today, were not considered gold then, if they were not 18 ct. This piece is a good example. I acid tested the gold of this locket, and it came out greater than 10 ct, but less than 12 ct! Most of us who love these wonderful early items, prefer them to be gold, and not cased, but do not really care about the gold weight. In making an effort to be professional, rather than sentimental, I am testing the gold content of these items when possible, without scratching the item.
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