Victorian Pinchbeck Luggage Locket
"Pinchbeck" is a form of brass, mixed in proportions so that it closely resembles gold in appearance. It was invented in the 18th century by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London clockmaker. The development of pinchbeck allowed ordinary people to buy jewelry that had look of gold.
A beautiful and sentimental locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This lovely locket is English in origin and is crafted in pinchbeck. The locket has beautiful double-sided design and portrays the shape of a Victorian era trunk or suitcase. With a wonderful textured surface, the 3-dimensional design has a life-like appearance and fine detail which includes buckled straps that are incorporated into the clasp. When opened, the locket reveals 2 glass-covered frames on either side, with 2 photo openings on each. At the top of the piece is a gold ring, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. This wonderful locket would look beautiful worn everyday, and would make a special addition to any collection!
Measurements: The locket hangs approximately 1 1/4 " long (including the gold ring at the top). The locket itself measures 1" tall, 5/8" 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 pinchbeck setting. Both glass frames inside are intact and in good condition. The locket opens and closes easily, and the ring for hanging is secure.