Art Nouveau Silver Gilt Etched Heart Locket w/ Jewels
A fabulous an unusual heart locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era. This large gilted silver locket is in the shape of a heart and adorns an unusual and wonderful design. The entire surface, front and back, of the piece has an etched design that was made to look like wood grain. A simple image of 2 engraved flowers rest on the front of the piece which are embellished with 6 emeralds, 2 sapphires and 3 rubies. The locket opens to reveal and interesting and very unusual detail: a small image that flips up and down. The image appears to look like a candleholder with 6 spaces at the top and 6 spaces at the bottom. Also on the inside of the locket is the original mirror. A large bail is at the top of the locket which is perfect for attaching to a wide chain. A wonderful and unusual piece, this locket would make a fabulous addition to any collection.
Measurements: The locket measures approximately 2 1/8" at the tallest point, 2" at the widest point and 1/4" thick. The bail measures a little more than 1/4" tall and 1/8" at the widest point.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. There is no apparent damage to the silver and the locket closes easily and securely. The inside image moves easily and stays securely flat when closed. Besides normal surface wear there is no apparent damage to any of the stones. The gilted surface could be plated again if desired to refresh piece to look like the original color which appears on the inside.