Vintage Monogrammed M Locket from RF Simmons, Co.
RF Simmons or RFS & Co. was founded in 1885 (Attleboro, Mass.) by Robert Fitz Simmons. A chaser by trade his business started out with watch chains and grew into a variety of jewelry items. There are varying reports of when the business closed but suffice to say it was sometime between the early 1960's and the mid 1970's.
Chasing is a technique in which the design is indented or grooved into the metal, as opposed to Repousse, which is done from the back of the piece. The locket is marked RFS & Co, with 1/10 beneath. Gold filled but without the karat marking or the GF marking. The 1/10 simply means that 10% of the bonded gold layer is gold. I've been unable to date RFS pieces by their hallmarks (there were a few different hallmarks used and no definitive timeline on any) but the combination of design and the lack of karat or gold filled markings, with just a simple 1/10 mark...tells me that this is probably from the early 1900's. The front of the locket has small M in the center with an overall dotted pattern, along with hearts and florals along the top and bottom. The back is monogrammed MJE (or MEJ as it reads, with the first letter being the first name, the second and largest letter is for the last name and the initial on the right is the middle name). The back appears to have dots in the photo but this is the deeper groove marks at the ends of the letters, done decoratively.
It is very secure and measures 1"(25mm) in diameter with inner opening measuring 7/8"(23mm). The only wear is to the inside edge, as seen in the photos at right.
Very pretty and a perfect gift to yourself or that special someone!
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