This is a decorative and wearable large watch-form locket with a frame of repousse gilt metal and front and back with fine engine turning. There are two separately hinged openings – one with an original daguerreotype of an older lady, the other with no image, and attached bow for hanging on a chain and giving the impression of being a watch. In one compartment, the lady’s daguerreotype is crisp but there is a distinct rim of tarnish around the edges. The lady herself is wearing a white ruched bonnet and has a bow at her neck. There is some faint hand-colouring. The second separate opening has a glass cover which has one long crack, and the backing fabric is still present. Otherwise, the condition of the piece is very good for age. This would be a lovely item to wear and would make a significant impact. Diameter of locket 1.75 ins (4.5cm). Weight 54 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 214. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $32.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
Attractive Gilt Metal Watch-form Daguerreotype Locket, mid-19th Century
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