Antique Victorian 14K Gold Almond Locket Watch Fob Pendant. This extraordinary Victorian watch fob dates to the late 1800s. It is a dainty piece which leads me to believe that it might have been made for a woman. It is masterfully fabricated of 14 karat solid gold in the heart shape of an almond. It has an invisible hinge and catch, and a beautiful, lightly dimpled/hatched surface. It opens to reveal two compartments. One side is framed (I don't believe the other side ever was) although the glass is missing.
The three-dimensional nut measures 1/2 an inch wide by 13/16 of an inch tall (14.2 mm by 21 mm). The locket hangs from a 3-3/4-inch cable link fob chain terminating with a clip hook. The total length of the chain, hook and locket is 4- 9/16 inches (4.5625 inches). The inside of the hook is marked 14 for 14 karat. (Prior to the National Stamping Act of 1906, gold assay marks were not standard.) The chain, hook and charm have all tested as 14K gold. The fob chain and locket weigh a substantial 7.2 grams / 4.63 dwt.
Condition is excellent. Aside from the missing glass, there are no issues. This unusual locket could easily be added to a necklace or bracelet.
The lore surrounding the symbolism of the almond is varied and crosses many cultures. In the Book of Numbers, Aaron's rod blossomed and bore almonds. If the ways of God were followed, the fruit would be sweet, if not, the fruit would be bitter, so the almond became a symbol of divine approval. In Catholicism, the almond is a symbol of the Virgin Mary. The Romans gave almonds to newlyweds as a fertility charm. In Sweden, cinnamon-flavored rice pudding with an almond hidden inside is a Christmas custom. Find it, and good fortune is yours for a year.
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