It is always so nice to find something of this age in such lovely condition. The majority of the locket is handcrafted and contains wonderful applied decor. The locket has thin twisted rope like rims on the base of the locket lid as well as the front's outer edge that also extend into the numerous patterns that decorate the face of the locket. The decor includes applied balls and flowers as well as that larger leaf that is the focal point to the locket's lid. To complete the locket's design you find areas of high polished top surface and that tiny half seed pearl accent.
The gold is in excellent minus condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, deep scratches/abrasions, missing applied pieces or repairs. The locket is two toned with colors of a light rose gold and a mellow brownish / bronze like gold. The rose gold appears to be the base color with the brown gold as a top layer. Not being a goldsmith I don't know if this was done with adhering a thin sheet, dipping or lastly some form of acid wash. With close inspection as well as my loupe I can find the rose gold showing at some rim edges due to usage as well as the planned design areas of high polish. There is on the side rims what I would have to describe as surface pitting to the brown gold that appears to be original to manufacture. The reason for the minus rating is an occasional spot of uneven surface, minor (backside) scratches and loss of definition to the outer edge rope trim all from usage over the past 140 years. The hinge on the locket lid is all original without repairs and is in smooth working order. It closes with a loud click and stays firmly closed. The photo rim is there and without damage. The collar it fits into has some rough edge showing at the approx. 4 to 6 o'clock position most likely from a tool lifting the photo rim. There is a piece of what appears to be glass of unknown age over the photo that is free of cracks or nasty scratches. If you remove the rim to insert your own photo be sure to keep the top at the top and bottom at the bottom. Rims were hand crafted in this time period to fit each individual locket.
The locket was originally a fob or chatelaine locket so there was no bale. Rich has now found a bale that went very nicely and we have placed it on the locket. There are no gold content marks as is common to the period. Rich has acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 14kt. The locket measures 1 3/8" tall x 15/16" at widest point x 3/8" deep at center. A super Victorian locket of wonderful age for that woman who enjoys Etruscan Revival jewelry.
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