We love jewels with a hidden secret and this vintage gold over silver little orb charm opens up to reveal lots of different hand engraved Masonic symbols inside! Discreet on the outside, this little charm/fob would have likely originally been worn by a Freemason to show their allegiance, but only to those in the know - a little hidden secret tucked well inside! When the orb opens up, it reveals six segments that fold together to make the orb and each of these segments have four symbols engraved on them, including a skull and crossbones, star, envelope and evil eye to name but a few. All of these symbols have their own meanings attributed to them. The charm is made of silver which has a 9ct gold top layer added to it to give the look of solid gold. The charm isn't hallmarked but does have a maker's mark both on the top fitting that holds the orb and on one of the outside pieces of the orb too for 'J.H&S'. The bottom of the orb is also marked 'MADE IN ENGLAND'. The charm measures approx 13.8mm tall (not including the jump ring) when closed by approx 10.6mm wide by approx 11.9mm deep and weighs approx 3.5g. When open, the charm measures approx 29.6mm tall (not including the jump ring) by approx 18.1mm wide. Condition - The charm is in good vintage condition with some surface wear to both the inside and out. The gold colour is a little brighter yellow on the inside and a little warmer on the outisde. The hinge mechanisms still work well and the orb fits snugly in the holder so it stays closed when worn. The jump ring is currently pushed closed. Please see photos. *Please note the box and chain pictured are not included in the sale but the charm will be shipped in a new presentation box and pouch.* .
Vintage miniature 9ct gold over silver Masonic orb/ball charm
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