Golden Bird: Victorian Pendant Locket
This charming mid 19th century jewel has a dual personality—it is both a pendant locket and a brooch. The bale is removable and original brooch fittings are on the reverse. In the then fashionable oval shape, this 14k yellow gold locket has its concealed compartment at the back. Hinged at the top, it opens to reveal the original removable rim and glass cover.
The frill ornament has a scalloped perimeter which is decorated with resplendent wire work that replicates the rippled form and sports a twisted wire rim. The central plaque is typical with its bird motif that rests upon a rose gold branch appointed with green gold leaves. One of the wings of the bird has also been done in rose gold. The locket brooch is artfully detailed and has a terrific price point.
Condition: Very good; a few very minor surface imperfections as well as a bit of patina; reverse has some patina as does the background of the bird which photographs make appear much darker than in reality; slight bend to the bale; the bottom tip has a minor indention (see photos).
Measurements: 2-1/4 inches (5.7 cm) in length including bale and 1-5/8 inches (4.1 cm) without by 1-1/4 inches (3.2 cm) in width. This antique locket has a substantial weight of 15.6 grams (10 dwt).
Date: Circa 1860