This is a delightful watch-form locket housing two hand-tinted daguerreotypes, one of a gentleman and the other of two girls, possibly his daughters. The pretty engine-turned locket opens and closes in similar fashion to a top-wind watch and would have been worn on a vest or guard chain. This watch-form item also falls into the category of fausse montre (false watch). The daguerreotypes inside depict a most handsome man and the two girls are pretty, chubby-cheeked little ladies. There is delicate pink tinting of the cheeks of all three sitters. The daguerreotypes have the typical slight ring of tarnish. This would have been a most treasured item in its day. It tests for 9K gold but there are no marks. It is in excellent condition. Diameter 1.25 ins (3cm). Weight 20 grams. This item can be seen in the book, "How the Watch was Worn - A Fashion for 500 Years", on page 128. Insured Air Mail Post with tracking to the USA would be $38.00 USD - with no tracking is cheaper. For shipping cost to other countries, please contact us.
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