MARIUS HAMMER Art Deco Sterling & Red Guilloché Enamel Locket
Guilloché (in English usually "Guilloche") is an engraving technique in which a very precise, intricate pattern is mechanically etched into an underlying material with very fine detail. Most commonly, the Guilloche surface is then enameled, and the repetitive, intricate design shows through the colorful enamel to the surface.
This fabulous Guilloché enamel locket is a signed piece by Norwegian silversmith and enamelist Marius Hammer! From the Art Deco era (ca1930), this wonderful piece is crafted in sterling silver and has a charming and delicate size. Originally gilded, the silver still has a subtle wash of gold on the surface that remains intact on the interior of the piece. The surface of the locket displays a beautiful deep red enamel, which covers both sides of the piece. Beneath the red enamel is an exquisite Guilloché design that fans out from the center like rays of light from a sunburst. The scalloped rays show through to the surface and catch the light in movement. The locket is hinged at the bottom and opens at the top to reveal a round space inside to store a special photograph. At the top of the locket is a sterling bail allowing it to be hung from a chain. Stamped on the bail is "JUS" and "MH," the Marius Hammer hallmark. This lovely and feminine locket would make a wonderful keepsake addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 1/4" long (including the bail at the top), has a 7/8" diameter, and is 3/16" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting or Guilloché enamel design, which is free of chips or scratches. The locket opens easily and fastens shut securely. A small round frame is still intact within the piece, but does not have a glass covering. The original gilt wash is still intact on the interior, and remains with a subtle hue on the outer surface. A natural patina gives the silver a slightly darkened antique appearance in some areas of the setting, which is normal for an antique piece and adds depth to the design.