This German locket is super with it's lovely colors, nice size and two photo compartments. The guilloche background is done in a soft ripple pattern and then covered with translucent indigo enamel. The beautiful large rose is done in several shades of aqua with it's center in yellow, peach, coral and a bit of red. The leaves are navy with green and white accents. Lovely artistry on the floral done by an experienced craftsman.
The silver is in excellent plus condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, scratches, abrasions or repairs. The hinge looks to be original and is in smooth working order. The locket has an extremely firm closure. The interior contains what appears to be both original photo rims. They are rose toned in color. We see this quite often on yellow gold and vermeil lockets-no idea why. If you remove the rims to insert your own photos remove one at a time and 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 side. When I lightly shake the locket both rims stay inserted. There is no form of photo cover.
The vermeil (a form of gold plate) is in excellent minus condition. The minus is because the approx. 1/16" rim around the enamel work has very, very faint gold tone. But the backside, bale and interior are a very even toned, softly bright gold color. The backside has German presentation for Christmas 1919 to "MI". I couldn't get an exact German translation for the phrase above the initials, "fide" would not translate. But in Latin it means "In Firm Belief". The enamel is in excellent plus condition with no cracks, chips, nicks, abrasions, nasty scratches or repairs. I can't even find any flea bites. This locket was evidently a prized possession and well taken care of.
There are no makers or silver content marks. Rich feels it is sterling due to the guilloche work. He has carefully acid tested and will guarantee a minimum of 900 silver as the acid will not tell us for sure the difference between 900, 925 and 935 silver. From this part of the world it can be any of the 3 grades in this time period. The locket from the bale to it's base is 2 1/16" tall x 1 1/8" at widest point. The photo ovals are 1 1/4" tall x 13/16" at widest point.
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