Antique Victorian Book Locket. English Sterling Vinaigrette / Fragrance Locket or Reliquary. Exquisitely hand made by George Unite of Birmingham, in the year 1867. The locket opens with three hinges - the last door is an ornately pierced scrolling foliate screen, showing the open well behind it. Most likely originally designed as a vinaigrette, or scent locket. Such a locket would be worn on a lady's chatelaine, to keep a fragranced swatch of fabric, or smelling salts. Would make an excellent reliquary for very tiny things, photographs, or keep as scent locket. Every side of the locket is deeply engraved with elaborate floral, foliate, and decorative linear designs. A very rare piece in remarkably good condition. There are a few very subtle bends where it appears someone may have been confused about how it opens. Hinges all are functioning flawlessly, and the piece appears to have been rarely used. 29mm tall, by 23mm wide, excluding the bail and "buckle", 11mm deep. 12.8 grams.