One of most incredible lockets I've found to date! Absolutely gorgeous antique Victorian mourning locket, no chain. Features a beautifully detailed anchor design with 11 tiny seed pearls, enchanting turquoise blue enamel, and detailed engraving around the outer border. For Victorians, anchors were a symbol of hope and more specifically anchors with a broken chain/rope design like this one symbolized the cessation of life--this was a mourning piece. The locket opens on the right side to reveal two spaces inside lined with purple cloth. The left side has the original glass cover and braided frame, and the right side has the cloth only which is faded and frayed at the edges. The locket clicks closed tightly and securely. The backside has a beautiful hand engraved floral design, very ornate. The locket measures 27mm x 20mm (1-1/16 inch x 3/4 inch) not including the loop or attached jump ring. The metal is believed to be gold--likely 9k as similar pieces from the late 1800s tend to be, but alas there are no markings to confirm. This piece is in exceptional condition for its age overall. The enamel has minor teeny tiny dot-size nicks visible under my loupe, a few light scratches, and one tiny spot on the left side where a bit of enamel is ever so slightly chipped--none of these flaws are visible without close inspection. The gold metal is worn a bit with some slight discoloration and I noticed the loop and jump ring are quite dark from age. A beautiful locket not to be missed!
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