Old and original, this late 1800s Chinese silver lock was used to ward off evil and to bring good luck, fortune, official rank, and long life to the owner. Often, these were given to children as protective amulets.
The lock is ornately engraved with Chinese symbols...fish and flower, and Chinese characters that spell out positive intent.
These locks could be bought at silversmith shops and varied in size and shape. Sometimes Buddhist or Taoist (Daoist) priests tied them with their own hands around the necks of children. We've read that no two locks are the same. Because they were hand made, each one is a little work of art.
This one measures about 1.5 inches each way. It's 1/4 inch thick. The back is marked with the red Chinese export stamp that was used in the late 1800s. Two loops at the top make it easy to attach the lock to a chain for a beautiful pendant.
This silver lock is at least 800 silver though it tests closer to sterling. The aged patina is beautiful...too nice to polish. It's in excellent condition.
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