Oh wow, what a rare find! This graceful and ornate gold filled heart shaped locket is in gorgeous condition for its age. A marvelous picture locket, it is beautifully embellished with a US Army eagle, also the Great Seal of the US. A soldier most likely gave this to his girl for remembrance during the WW2 era. Often called sweetheart lockets, this one has a lovely edge design and an etched stripe background. Like other lockets from this period, the hinge is on the right side. The locket opens and closes properly, the hinge is sturdy and tight, barely noticeable from the outside, and it stays closed very securely. The bail is nicely decorative as well. The back has a lovely design, the engraved line pattern the Hayward Company was known for. It is marked Hayward 1/20 -12k Gold-filled on the inside on a raised cartouche. It has a warm vintage patina, but the outside is still shiny. This beautiful locket necklace weighs 15 grams or .3 ounces, and measures one inch long and 7/8 of an inch wide. The inside has the frames to hold photos, as well as the original celluloid film protector covers intact. You can easily add/remove your own pictures. The lovely rope style chain is 18 inches long and thick for its kind at 2 mm. The older type “thumbless” clasp is marked 1/10 12KT on both sides but difficult to see, and it is also in lovely condition. This marvel is just beautiful, with minimal age-appropriate patina/wear. The Walter E Hayward Co was founded in 1851 in East Providence, RI and is considered one of the oldest fine jewelry manufacturers in the US. This particular hallmark was used after 1904. A beautiful locket to add to your collection, keep loved ones close to your heart, and show your support for the US Army and our great country.
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