ANTIQUE VICTORIAN 18K Gold Bracelet - Engraved, Heart Lock, Garnet, Locket Back, Unused, Link
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AGE: Anywhere from the mid 1800s to the late 1800s.
ITEM: WoW! No, really. WOW! I have had Georgian/Victorian bracelets before but NEVER anything like this! Composed of 2 sections - the length of chain acting as the bracelet (with huge round closure ends) AND a puffy heart lock, the end result is just breathtaking beauty!
The chain is an interesting link - it really does defy modern day description because nothing like it is made today. It's a charm bracelet chain as the "loop de loops" have enouch room to insert a jump ring so that a charm can be suspended. Each end has a thick, faceted soldered, well, jump ring is the wrong word but I can't think of the right one so please, forgive me.
The heart lock is just plain awesome! Engraved both back and front, you don't need a key to open. The front has a dark garnet cab while the back has a locket opening that has NEVER been used. AND to make this piece even better, the back glass section has not been positioned into place so with a quick flick of a stick, the back piece is going to pop out so that you can add your own remembrance to the back. Even now I can give the bottom point a nudge and the whole thing will come out with a little pressure. And yes, I'm going to leave it as it is because the jeweler is going to need to see just how to get it out and then, put it back in!
CONDITION: Excellent! Perfect! Pristine! Not a scratch, not a blemish - honestly, I don't think this piece was EVER worn! Just a beautiful deep, dark rose gold coloring.
METAL CONTENT: 18K Gold. Metal was lightly acid tested on both the lock and chain and the "line" held at 18K.
HALLMARKS: None that I can spot. It is possible there is a mark on the inside of the lock but again, there's no telling until the back glass is removed.
GARNET: Garnet cab measures 8.5mm around.
SIZE: Length of the chain is 7-9/16"; width is a smidge over 1/4". The heart lock measures 1" high x 11/16" wide. Thickness is about 1/4" not including the front of the garnet cab.
WEIGHT: Heart Locket weighs 4.5 grams. Chain weighs 14 grams.
FINAL COMMENTS: Yep, I know, everyone wants history so here's what I could glean from the prior owner. In the possession of the prior owner for 68 years. Before that, the bracelet was presented to the prior owner's mother by HER mother who was given the bracelet on her wedding day. From before that, the trail ends. Okay, so it's a simple story but the fact that I even found this piece the way it is.....
I'll never find anything like this again!
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