A clue to this beautiful and weighty locket's history resides in the gold mark.
On the reverse at the bottom is an English mark of 9ct (for Americans, 9k is the equivalent). Only British colonies and England stamped this mark and it is no longer in use.
Ingenious in design, the decorative top of this yellow gold oval locket, unscrews. The gold rim can be gently separated and two photographs may be inserted, front and back.
Deep beveled glass covers the openings and the top can be twisted back on. In addition, it is also used as the bale in which to thread a fine chain.
Two "S" curves of gold also adorn each side of the bale. Circa 1900, it reads as a rich bright gold.