What a beautiful mourning piece this is. It is circa 1850, unmarked but tested 14 carat gold, with beautiful enameling, and natural pearls. This is a locket, which opens easily, but fits tightly. There is hair work, fashioned in the Prince of Wales Plume, inside the locket, covered with glass. The nice thing is that this cavity is deep enough, that one can keep the lovely, original hair work in place, but add the photo of a loved one, or a lock of hair. It's a lovely remembrance. The back of the piece has the lovely enamel work on each piece of gold that holds a pearl, and there is wonderful, very hard to photograph, faceted glass one the back, with the scribe "EC" in gold wire. This scribe is resting on the top of what I believe is tightly woven material. I used to think this was hair, but now I believe it to be material, as I've see it on many pieces. The locket, including the bale, measures 1 and 1/4 inches long, and 1 inch wide. It weighs 11.10 grams. It is in excellent condition. This is one of the prettiest, affordable and wearable memorial pieces I have seen in a while. This would be the perfect thing to wear in memory of a departed loved one, and still maintain the integrity of the piece and the memory of "EC."
Memorial Locket, with Pearls, Victorian
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