This delightful , 800 quality silver, slide locket pendant was made by the Huguenin Brothers , watch case makers of Switzerland. It dates to circa 1910.
In 1868, Fritz-Aimé Huguenin-Dezot (1845-1915), an engraver and designer, and his brother Zélim-Albert (1849-1928), an engraver and engine-turner, started a small workshop specialising in the decoration of watch-cases. They became famous for their silver watch-cases, and also began to produce commemorative medals and other items. The company is still in existence today.
The pendant measures 1 and 9/16" (4cms) across and weighs 14.7 grams
From a ring and bail at the top hangs a round pendant.The raised design is of Winter Sports. Four men are racing down the mountainside on a sled. The front man is steering and the others are concentrating on positioning themselves behind him. You really get the impression of speed! The image is the same on both sides.
Beneath them is the signature ‘Huguenin Dep’ (Patented) and below this on a mound of snow is the grouse mark for 800 silver quality. There is also a grouse mark on the decorative area below the ring on each side.
The locket slides open to reveal a sepia photo of a beautiful woman. I have a feeling that there might originally have been a mirror in place. However the locket is perfect for two photos. The rims and covers on each side are intact.
This rare and extremely unusual piece by a noted maker is in excellent antique condition. It will arrive carefully presented in a gift box.