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.
The locket is made of gold (this tests as 9ct gold, the locket is unhallmarked which is common for a piece of this age). The locket measures approx 12.6mm tall (not including the fitting and jump ring at the top) by approx 12.2mm wide by approx 4.2mm deep and weighs approx 2.1g.
Given its style and materials we believe it's likely late Victorian in age, dating to the late 19th Century.
Condition - The locket is in good antique condition for a piece that's over 100 years old but please note it does show some signs of age and wear. There is surface wear to the gold throughout. When the locket panel is removed, there is some heavy wear to the gold (some of these marks appear to be previous gold tests) but these marks are not visible when the locket panel is in place. The glass panel looks to be original to the piece although it is a little rough around the edges. Inside the locket is currently some kind of material with a glue like backing. This gives inside the locket a thickness to hold the glass in place. A picture can be added above this or it could be replaced by a new backing if preferred. The jump ring is currently pushed closed and looks to be a newer addition. 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 Victorian gold opening book locket pendant
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