Such a stunning double sided locket. This locket dates from the 1866-1872. It is an Austro-Hungarian piece. I adore the fact of it double sides both fabulously jeweled in different styles. There is no front or back to this locket. One side is adorned with lovely blue Persian turquoise which is crimp set in in a raised setting. There are also seed pearls set in the same manner. The center is a larger natural pearl. All sones are completely original to the locket and are in very good condition. The background of the Persian turquoise and pearl side is highly decorated with hand etching with amazing enamel work in between. The enamel colors are Black, Cream and bits or Red and Pink. The Enamel is in very good condition but does show wear to the edges. So, make sure you zoom in on the photos for a closer look as they are a part of the stated condition. The opposing side is adorned with a center cab of a Deep Red Garnet which does have natural inclusions but is not chipped in any way. All of the stones are crimp set in a raised setting. This garnet side uses Persian turquoise and garnets. All of which I believe to be original to the locket. The background decoration is very different than the opposite side but it possesses the same coloring of enamel with the exception of Red bits which are not present on the garnet side. The enamel is also worn on the edges of the locket so please zoom in on this side as well. The bail is a rather large bail which will accommodate a chain up to 6mm. The inside of this locket has its original glass frames with no photographs which have obvious been removed. The hinge on the locket is in wonderful condition with no major wobbly movement. The clasp is a simple oval soldiered adornment which simply uses friction to stay closed. The locket does close and stay closed for the most part, but I highly recommend your local jewler ever so carefully bending the tab inwards to create more friction so that it is more secure to stay closed for long periods of time. This locket is hallamarked with a Lions head and a #4 to the right which dates this hallmark from 1866-1872 and guarantees it to be 750 Silver (the silver is gold gilt which is in fairly good condition). The additional Hallmark is what I believe to be the makers hallmark of ML which I can not identify, sorry.
Length & Width: Length 2 1/8" x 1 1/4"
Weight: 23.9 Grams
Center Garnet in order to give a scale of size: 6.5mm x 4.5mm
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