Here is a lovely antique 9 karat rose gold locket dating from 1864. It is fully hallmarked and features a beautiful etched design on the front and back.
The locket is a classic, perfectly round shape. The front is embellished with a series of incised parallel lines in different widths.
There is a round cartouche in the center that is un-engraved.
The opposite side of the locket is decorated with a similar linear pattern and exhibits a series of traditional British hallmarks.
The first die-stamped mark reads "9" and is followed by another which reads ".375"; both of these marks indicate the locket is made of 9 carat gold.
Next, you will find the mark of the Birmingham Assay Office (a ship's anchor on its side). The final mark in the series of four is a capital "P".
This is the date mark and represents that the locket was manufactured in 1864.
There appears to be another mark underneath the four die-stamped marks. Unfortunately, it is too worn to be legible.
Upon opening the locket you will find nice, roomy spaces for pictures of your own.
The reverse of the lid as well as the accompanying frame are both stamped "9" and ".375".
The locket has been professionally tested to ensure its purity. Even the bale and loop are genuine rose gold.
Though there are a few minor dents on the front and back of the locket as well as one or two minor surface scratches, the locket remains in outstanding condition considering its age.
Measurements: Locket is 23mm in diameter ( 9/16" or just over 1/2") , 3mm deep (when closed), bale rises 2 ½mm from front cover, Loop is 6mm in diameter Weight: 3.7 grams (0.13 oz)