Signed, Austrian Dog Locket Pendant
The famous silversmith, George Adam Scheidt, was the jeweler who created this special spaniel or terrier dog pendant. Working around the turn of the 19th century in Vienna, he is well known for his inkwells, boxes, small objects and the like. Always meticulous, they are signed, GAS, and, in this case, there is an additional Austrian silver mark. Of silver gilt, it is a repoussé silver hollow box. The bottom opens to reveal the entire area as a container. Modeled with remarkable delicacy and artistry, the dog’s expression is life-like and kind. Of garnet cabochons, the eyes add a touch of color and warmth.
Certainly one of the highlights is the sculptural quality of the fur with its wavy, undulating shapes. The gilding is lovely, with a quality that comes from both the silver underneath and, of course, the rich gold atop. A collar with the buckle evident rests at the bottom of the neck. The original pendant bale is intact as well. This would look perfect on a chain, on a chunky bracelet or even displayed in a frame or on a stand.
Measures 1-7/8 inches long by 1-1/2 inches long without top original bale and 1 3/16 inches wide at the widest (3.6 cm long, 4.7 cm with original top bale by just under 3 cm wide). Circa 1910 and in excellent condition.