The word "MIZPAH" (sometimes written as "Mizpeh") is the Hebrew word for "watchtower," and a name from the Bible. Although it generally refers to a place near Gilead, it first appears in the book of Genesis, where it references a stone monument built by Jacob and Laban as a covenant of peace. The pillar of stones represented a bond between Jacob and Laban, leading the word "Mizpah" to hold a similar meaning. In Laban's words, "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other." The word "Mizpah" has henceforth become recognized as a symbolic bond between two people, even when in absence of one another.
A beautiful and meaningful "MIZPAH" locket from the early Edwardian (ca1908) era! This lovely piece carries a heart-shaped design and is crafted in 9kt rosy yellow gold. The word "MIZPAH" appears on the front, each block letter carrying a raised applied overlay design. A romantic etched floral motif surrounds the word, which is set diagonally across the front surface of the locket. On the reverse side of the piece are several English hallmarks, including "375", "9" and a cursive "H". The locket hangs from a simple gold bail at the top and opens to reveal two spaces for your favorite photograph; the original photo is currently in the locket, but easily removable. A wonderful antique accessory with special significance, it would look perfect worn everyday on a favorite gold chain, or paired with other charms!
Measurements: The locket hangs 1 3/8" in total length, including the bail at the top, is a little less than 1" wide and has a depth of 1/4".
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is great. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting and the locket opens easily and stays securely closed. It appears that a portion of the applied overlay lettering in the "M" has worn away, however, this is hardly noticeable when the locket is worn and does not detract from the beauty of the piece.