This is a superb antique locket from Chester, England.
As the Chester Assay Office closed in 1962, the collectability of Chester-made jewelry has gone way up.
The locket is rendered in stunning 9 karat yellow gold and features an elegant design of stamped foliate scrolling throughout.
Raised, beveled glass covers a beautifully colorized photograph on each side.
This graceful motif can also be found on the gold bale at the top. The bale is threaded inside the bottom so that it can be screw to the top of the gold frame.
When it is removed the frame can be opened slightly allowing the glass to be removed, should you want to replace the pictures.
Currently, a portrait of a woman in Victorian-style clothes can be seen on one side, while a man’s portrait is seen on the opposite side. Both photographs are hand colorized.
The glass exhibits a few tiny surface scratches but remains in excellent condition overall.
Beneath the lady’s portrait there is a series of hallmarks stamped into the gold frame.
The first of these is the maker’s initials which read “W.H.C”. Next, you will see the symbol of the Chester Assay Office (a shield containing three sheaves of wheat surrounding a sword).
A “9” and “.375” are adjacent to the assay mark, and indicate the gold’s 9 karat purity.
Finally, the date mark (an upper-case “G” in elegant script) indicates that the locket was manufactured in 1907.
Despite some very minor darkening to a few minuscule areas of the gold frame, this exquisite antique locket remains in spectacular condition.
Measurements: Locket is 27mm in diameter, 37mm tall (with bale), Approx. 3mm thick Weight: 4.6 grams (0.16 oz)