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Vintage 12K Gold Filled Book Locket Necklace

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Lockets are deliciously private: a diary in precious metal around one’s neck. In a sense, the wearer completes the work of art by adding images of loved ones.

Unlike many similar lockets on the market, this one from the 1940s appears to have the original photographs, based on the uniform of the soldier. It will be valued by some as a bit of Americana. It also has the original chain, unlike many on the market at this time.

The “cover” of this book is hand-etched and has a curious motif of a triangle. Scalloped lines add even more visual interest - there’s considerable wear to them. The back has perfectly preserved scalloped lines. The locket snaps shut nicely and is .75” x .625” when closed.

The jump ring attaching the 19” rope chain tells us that it is “1/20 12K GOLD FILLED.” A magnet test confirmed its veracity. The piece is newly cleaned - a bit of tarnish remains on the chain. It had an old thumb pull catch which made it more difficult to open. I replaced it with a modern lobster clasp but am happy to give the buyer the original clasp in addition to the contemporary clasp or return it to its original condition. The total weight of the locket and chain is 5.8g.

In short, a lovely piece of sentimental vintage jewelry.
Lockets are deliciously private: a diary in precious metal around one’s neck. In a sense, the wearer completes the work of art by adding images of loved ones.

Unlike many similar lockets on the market, this one from the 1940s appears to have the original photographs, based on the uniform of the soldier. It will be valued by some as a bit of Americana. It also has the original chain, unlike many on the market at this time.

The “cover” of this book is hand-etched and has a curious motif of a triangle. Scalloped lines add even more visual interest - there’s considerable wear to them. The back has perfectly preserved scalloped lines. The locket snaps shut nicely and is .75” x .625” when closed.

The jump ring attaching the 19” rope chain tells us that it is “1/20 12K GOLD FILLED.” A magnet test confirmed its veracity. The piece is newly cleaned - a bit of tarnish remains on the chain. It had an old thumb pull catch which made it more difficult to open. I replaced it with a modern lobster clasp but am happy to give the buyer the original clasp in addition to the contemporary clasp or return it to its original condition. The total weight of the locket and chain is 5.8g.

In short, a lovely piece of sentimental vintage jewelry.

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Vintage 12K Gold Filled Book Locket Necklace

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1940s
  • Necklace length: 19 Inches
  • Locket width: .625 Inches
  • Locket height: .75 Inches
  • Materials: 12k gold filled, Photographs
  • Feedback: 10 reviews
  • Favorited by: 6 people
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