Victorian English Sterling Silver Starburst Motif Locket
A wonderful starburst locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! English in origin, the substantial piece is made of sterling silver and features an 8-point starburst design that graces the front surface. The starburst is comprised of faceted silver studs that resemble the appearance of cut steel jewelry. Delicate beadwork is interspersed among the raised studs, adding further depth. A decorative border surrounds the locket's center, comprised of a fine engine turned pattern followed by a ridged beadwork design along the edge. When opened, the locket reveals space to store two special photographs inside behind fitted glass frames. There are a few small English hallmarks stamped on the back of the locket near the bottom, including the initials "A&L," the letter "b," an anchor, and a lion. The locket hangs from a large fluted bail at the top, which is also stamped with a small lion hallmark on the back. This locket is a beautiful example of Victorian era jewelry, and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 2 1/2" long, including the bail at the top. The locket itself is about 1 7/8" tall, 1 1/2" wide, and 3/8" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting, and bail, or hinge, which opens easily and closes securely. The raised stud pattern forming the starburst remains intact and free of damage. There is a natural patina present within the grooves of the design, which is normal for a Victorian era piece and adds depth to the appearance.