Art Nouveau English Sterling Silver Oval Locket Ring
A wonderful and very unusual English locket ring from the Art Nouveau (ca1918-1919) era! This Birmingham-made piece is crafted in sterling silver and has a unique locket feature. The oval-shaped centerpiece features an open window at the center, which is covered with a clear celluloid insert. The locket is hinged at the side, and opens to reveal a hollow space lined with fabric, where a special photograph could be kept inside. Completing the design are pillar-style split shoulders, which extend to a simple and smooth band in the back. Multiple hallmarks and markings can be found stamped on the underside of the centerpiece. Included are the maker's initials "J.B.M." and the Birmingham hallmarks of a lion, a shield, and the letter "t," which dates the piece to between 1918-1919. The patent number "PAT. NO 410245" and the number "RB 784538" are also stamped inside. A very special Victorian piece, it looks simply wonderful when worn and is a must for any collector!
Measurements: The ring is difficult to size on a mandrel due to the shape of the band, but it fits comfortably on a size 6 finger. The ring could easily be re-sized up or down if desired. The oval locket centerpiece measures 7/8" tall, 5/8" wide, and 1/4" thick. The band measures 2mm wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting. The hinged locket opens easily and stays securely closed, and the fabric and celluloid inserts are intact. There is a natural patina on the surface of the silver, which is normal for antique jewelry.