Here we have a lovely antique fob with a two-sided frame-locket.
The chain and clasp are rendered in exquisite 14 karat rose gold, and has been professionally tested to insure its purity. If you attempt a magnet test, the locket will attract the magnet, BUT that is because the photo is a tintype and its metal content is magnetic.
The clasp is an enormous spring ring; we love the way this looks with the locket.
There are two tintype pictures currently inside the locket: a woman on one side and a man on the other, both of which have been beautifully colorized.
Until color prints were practical and affordable, black and white photographs were hand-colorized.
The female portrait exhibits some slight crazing. The crazing is a result of the gelatin silver emulsion on the varnished surface. Neither image can be removed as they have been permanently inserted into the locket.
The locket is beautiful yellow 14 karat gold and features a distinctly Art Deco appeal. The bale is geometric in shape while maintaining a sense of graceful elegance.
Both locket and chain exhibit some darkening and wear, though this is to be expected in a piece of this age.
The lowest loop of the chain (nearest the locket) bears a hallmark which reads simply "SD".
It speaks to an era of elegance in which the culture would find a beautiful way to accessorize the most utilitarian items of day to day living. Very romantic indeed.
Measurements: 3 ¼" long, Spring-ring clasp is ¾" in diameter, locket is 1" tall, 1" wide and ¼" deep Weight: 8.1 grams
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