This beautiful late 1940's WWII era locket has a wonderfully detailed twisted ribbon shaped frame with a bezel set hand carved shell cameo. The genuine hand carved shell cameo depicts a graceful, smiling lady with a pretty flower corsage on her shoulder, which has nice dimension. It is slightly darker than most peachy shades, possibly sardonyx. This lovely color shows through the carving to highlight her lips, eyelid, hair, and flower, so pretty. It is a hidden back snap closed locket. It is from the Providence Stock Company, who made these wonderful lockets from 1890 to the 1950's, many in a military sweetheart theme, and a variety of facings, most with the trademark hidden back double locket. Their sweetheart items have this trademark swirling incised design on the hidden locket door. It is marked Pr. St. Co., 1/20-12KT on sterling on the back at the bottom of the locket door, and is suspended from a gorgeous, hard to find style gold filled chain. The 16 inch long, sturdy and graceful overloop chain is a very nice quality, hallmarked 1/20 14 Kt GF and an A in a circle hallmark on the piece that attaches to the clasp. It also has a 1/20 mark on the spring ring (hard to read it all due to its age). The locket is 1 and 1/8 inches tall, and 7/8 of an inch across. The snap bale adds another ¼ of an inch. The oval shaped frames that hold in the photos and the celluloid film covers are intact, with one paper backing. This marvel presents well and is in good condition with just a bit of vintage wear, more noticeable in the pictures than in person. There is an uneven spot along the bezel edge at the 10 o'clock top left; it is smooth to the touch. Her chest near the corsage has a few tiny lines of crazing I didn't see until I examined the magnified photos. The gold filled metal on both pieces has a warm vintage, age appropriate patina, yet is still shiny and bright. I can give it a gentle polish with my jewelry cleaning cloth if you desire, just let me know. A lovely way to keep loved ones near your heart. So pretty, and just as sentimental today as all those years ago! A gorgeous, hard to find collectible memento of times gone by.
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