Rare late 1800s tiny Victorian silver metal heart padlock. Amazingly this piece features its original, teeny tiny functioning key which is still tethered by a dainty silver chain! The face of the lock has a gorgeous repousse design and the backside is marked "PAT. JAN. 31 99" for the year 1899. The padlock itself measures just under 7/8 inch x 5/8 inch (21mm x 15mm) including the arch. A loop on the right side of the lock anchors the 2 inch (5cm) chain in place. The miniature key at the end of the chain is about 1/2 inch (11mm) in length. This is a very delicate old piece and I wouldn't recommend opening and closing it often. To unlock, gently align and insert key, then turn a complete rotation to the right while gently lifting the arch upward. To close, remove the key, then gently push the arch in place to lock (takes a bit of work to get the hang of it). The metal appears to be sterling silver plated (unmarked) with subtle remnants of a brassy gold base metal peeking through where the plating has worn. The arch is slightly misshapen from over the years. It is so rare to find these pieces date stamped with the original key! A superb little treasure for collections and jewelry projects alike!
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