Early Silver Gilt Heart Locket
Jewelry can just as easily raise questions as give answers. A late 17th or 18th century silver gilt heart locket when opened reveals silver initials "A A" and then curious entwined letters of "O E". Obviously is a person referred to as A.A., but the conjoined "O E" is a mystery. Is it a reference to an obituary or other abbreviation to mark the passing of an individual? Alternatively, possibly a symbol of love and affection? Or connected because of space limitations? Sentimental in some form, we certainly have a naive and precious token of love.
Each little initial is riveted into the back with pins. On the reverse tiny near perfect circles can be seen. Perhaps revealed as surface wear occurring over long centuries. The tiny bubbles or porosity of the entire surface of the heart from its fabrication remains a part of its history. Even the original top "O" fittings remain to the day.
Measures 1-1/4 inches long with top 2 fittings and 1 inch with only top permanent ring (3.2 cm long or 2.5 cm). Also 5/8 of an inch wide and 5/8 of an inch deep (1.6 cm and 0.8 cm deep). Condition is good; wonderful aged patina with wear to the gilding on the highest points. Darker patina inside. This has not been polished in any way by The Three Graces. Possibly English in origin.
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