Doorway to the Past - Locket Pendant
This is a marvelous Edwardian pendant locket crafted out of 18k rose gold. One face of the locket represents a window with shutters set within an outer brick wall. Pushing the little button on the top orb clicks open the shuttered window to reveal a glass covered locket area. The compartment is especially deep (4 cm) and can hold more than just a photograph or lock of hair. The shutters open and close smoothly.
The other side has a family coat of arms carved into sardonyx. This stone consists of layers of reddish-brown and layers of white, interspersed with reddish brown. The arms consists of a crown surmounting a red shield with a silver “chief” (band) on top and a silver “bend indented” (diagonal points). Below in a banner is the family motto in French “Oubliez Ne Puis” (You Cannot Forget). The coat of arms is set against an interior brick wall.
Quite the locket that no one could forget!
Condition: Excellent; locket is now empty; one minute chip to a corner of the glass.
Hallmarks: Barrel clasp of chain is marked “375” for 9k gold.
Measurements: Locket is just shy of 1-3/4 inches (4.3 cm) in total height including top fitting and bale. The rectangular door is 1 inch (2.5 cm) in height by more than ¾ of an inch (2 cm) in width by 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) in thickness. The chain is 22 inches (55.9 cm) in total length. Together the locket and chain have a weight of 17.4 grams. Possibly slightly later date rose gold chain.
Date: Circa 1900 for the locket.