Very scarce antique Art Nouveau Edwardian 14k yellow gold locket signed H.A. Kirby, with gorgeous softly frosted bloomed gold finish. Measures 1-1/16" in diameter and weighs a very sturdy 10.5 grams. Opens to reveal both original bezels to hold pictures. Hallmarked "14K" as well as maker marked (Maltese cross in circle) on the inside of both sides. Also has its original bail. In outstanding time-standing-still condition. Closes with a secure snap, extremely well cared for. Locket for pendant necklace, the bail will accommodate a good size chain, the inside opening measures 2.5mm x 3.5mm. Absolutely stunning! Circa 1900-1910.
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About the maker courtesy American Jewelry Manufactures by Dorothy T. Rainwater- H.A. Kirby, (Providence, Rhode Island). Retailer of silverware and jewelry. Established in 1886 as Kirby, Mowry & Company. Incorporated in September 1896. They advertised solid gold and diamond jewelry, earrings, scarf pins, brooches, studs, collar buttons and rings. By 1897 the listing was H.A. Kirby Company and this listing was continued until the death of Henry A. Kirby in 1920. They were known for their stunning flowing Art Nouveau designs.
"BLOOMED GOLD"- The frosted finish or satin finish of bloomed gold is the result of bathing the gold in acid. This finishing technique is typically seen on turn of the century Victorian and Edwardian jewelry, although it dates back to its original use in the mid 1800s. The recipe involved boiling the gold in a mixture of salt, water, hydrochloric (muriatic) acid, and salt petre (potassium nitrate). The process created extremely tiny scarring in the surface of the gold which left a matte finish resembling peach skin- and referred to as "bloomed-gold". The finish was also used on only portions of a piece of jewelry, creating a dramatic contrast to a highly polished background or foreground.
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