This puffy heart padlock charm was purchased from Joan Munkacsi's estate in 2011. She also had a website called "A Charmed Existence" and she was well known by many people. It is the very same one that is in the book "Charms and Charm Bracelets" by Joanne Schwartz on page 44. Now that Joan's estate is sold out it can only increase in value!
The padlock is in beautiful vintage condition and it is in working order as it opens and closes when you lift up and then push in the hasp. I have never actually used it because it is so old. This Victorian piece dates back to c1885 and is either Scottish or English in origin and was quite the thing to wear during the reign of Queen Victoria. The padlock has tested as sterling silver and retains its original patina. It measures 1 1/8" in length with the hasp by slightly less than 5/8" wide by a little more than 1/4" in thickness. What a lovely piece of history to add to your collection of Victorian charms!
Once in a while items photographed look gold in color but they are indeed silver in person.
Does anyone want to have something from Joan's collection at a great price.
Thank you for looking!