Antique Locket with Poetic Inscription
Cherish the day, keep your memories close and thoughts clear with this inscribed 14k yellow gold oval locket. Crafted by Carter Howe or Carter Gough of Newark, this charming pendant features an appliqué of a profile female in the manner of the Orientalists. Pure Art Nouveau in feel, the sinuous locks of hair and stylized rendering make for evocative imagery. With a delicately enameled face and draped flowing coif curled at the ends, and distinctively detailed headdress reveals its artistry. Accented with green enamel inset with an old European cut diamond of .05 carats, it contrasts beautifully with the plain, polished locket surface.
The interior has a hand engraved quotation in clear capital letters espoused by Jeremy Taylor, a noted 17th century theologian and bishop: “Enjoy the blessings of the day and the evils of it bear patiently and sweetly, for the day only is ours. We are dead to yesterday, and we are not yet born to the morrow.”
Date: Circa 1910.
Measurements: 1-3/4 inches (4.5 cm) in length including bale by 1-1/16 inches (2.7 cm) in width. Weight of 14.8 grams (9.5 dwt).
Hallmarks: 14k; Carter mark.
Condition: Very good; one minute crackle to enamel at forehead only visible with magnification; although of the same period, profile medallion applied later to the locket. Both rims and glass present.
Note: Diamond weight is approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. All metals are acid tested.
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