RARE Antique Edwardian French Silver & Enamel HEART SHAPED Locket/Pendant
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AGE: C.1900 or so - possibly earlier
ITEM: From France, may I offer something you do not see every day. A heart shaped locket for an organization featuring an "A" at the top with some Royal Shields and the words "FRANCE ESPOIR" (France Hopes). Around the black rim is the phrase "Rien Ne Pourra Briser Le Lien Qui Nous Unit" (loosely translated this means "Nothing can break the Bond we Forge" or as a friend suggested "Nothing can break the Bond which Unites Us"). At the top, a lovely floral bale - a pansy for REMEMBER ME and Blue Forget-Me-Nots for the same, FORGET ME NOT.
It seems this piece is a rare Memorial Piece - perhaps for a personage of note involved in the governing of France - it's hard to say. The back of the locket opens easily so that a "treasure" can be inserted. The original glass is in place.
CONDITION: Very nice with no problems I can spot.
METAL CONTENT: French Silver - possibly 800 or 900
HALLMARKS: None that I can see. Metal has been tested for content.
SIZE: From top of bale to bottom of locket measures 2-3/16"; width is 1-1/8".
WEIGHT: 10.1 grams
FINAL COMMENTS: A unique antique locket!
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