We often wish that the pieces we find could talk and tell us their story and we really wish we knew the history of this sweet antique locket. To the front is a royal blue enamel anchor set within rolled gold which has a lovely pattern to it that looks almost like waves. To the back is a glass panel which holds a lock of hair inside. From the reasearch we've done, we believe this could have been a love token, given by a lady to her significant other before he set sail, perhaps as a fisherman or in the navy, so he had something to remember her by whilst at sea.
We think the locket likely dates to the Victorian era, a time when photographs were very much a rarity and very expensive, so often locks of a lover's hair were gifted inside lockets instead. This locket truly is a wearable piece of history.
As mentioned, the locket front is made of enamel and rolled gold, which is a base metal with a fine layer of gold adhered to the surface to give the look of solid gold. The jump ring is made of base metal.
The locket measures approx 18mm tall (not including the jump ring) by approx 13mm wide by approx 4mm deep and weighs approx 1.6g.
Condition - The locket is in good antique condition but does show signs of age and wear. There is some light wear to the enamel detailing, glass panel and also to the rolled gold, mainly on the edges. There is a larger mark on the edge towards the bottom of the locket that looks like a previous gold test mark where the base metal shows through. For a piece that is over 100 years old, it still has a lot of life left.
*Please note the antique box and chain pictured are not included in the sale*
Antique rolled gold and enamel anchor locket
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