This antique gold book locket is such an incredible piece - an heirloom just waiting to be cherished by a new owner! It has the most exquisite detailing throughout, with two opening doors to the front that hide a glass panel inside just waiting to hold a tiny photo or memento.
The locket is made of gold (this tests as 9ct gold, the locket is unhallmarked which is common for a piece of this age) and we believe there may be some base metal to the inner frame/hinges which was a common way to give lockets some extra strength when made.
The locket measures approx 22.1mm tall (including the fitting at the top but not the jump ring) by approx 15.8mm wide (when closed) by approx 3.8mm deep and weighs approx 4g.
Given its style and materials we believe it's likely late Victorian/early 20th Century in age, circa 1890-1910.
Condition - The locket is in good antique condition for a piece that's over 100 years old but please note it does show visible signs of age and wear throughout. There is surface wear to the gold throughout, some dark marks to the gold in places and the back outside panel is a little indented. The glass panel inside the locket looks to be original to the piece but does have surface wear to it. We have not removed the glass, if you intend to add a photo to the locket, this may need to be done by a jeweller to ensure the panel is refitted securely. The jump ring is currently pushed closed and looks to be a newer addition. There is some wear to the ring that the jump ring connects to. Please see photos.
*Please note the chain and box pictured are not included in the sale but the locket will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch.*
Antique gold opening book locket pendant
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