This delightful locket is exceptional Art Nouveau with the profile of a lady and her numerous locks of curling long hair decorated by a large number of flowers in full bloom. The backside is un-patterned and contains a beautiful artistic flowing script of three initials-maybe IHR.
The gold is in excellent condition with no rips, dents, holes, cracks, deep scratches, nasty abrasions, or repairs. On the interior you can find some lightly scratched letters/numbers. In days of old the jewelers scratched their inventory and work order numbers on the piece. The hinge on the locket lid is all original without repairs and is in smooth working order. It closes with a soft thud and stays firmly closed. Both photo rims are there and fit very firmly as they stay put when the locket is shaken. Both photo covers are there and are some form of plastic. The one for the front of the locket is intact. The cover for the back photo has a couple top rim area missing chips and a couple cracks - note last photo. If you remove the rims to insert your own photos do one side 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 window. The pattern definition on the front of the locket is excellent minus. The design is well raised with excellent accent lines thru out the pattern work. The only thing I found was a bit of flatness to her nose, but there is definitely NO hole.
The locket has a nice sized interior on it's oval bale - almost 3/16" x 1/8". There is a gold content mark on the top of the interior of the backside as can be seen in the photo but no makers mark was found. The circular locket measures 7/8" in dia. with approx. 5/8" photo areas and weighs 5.1 grams with the photo covers in place. A super Art Nouveau locket for a petite woman or teen who is interested in antique jewelry.
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