Victorian Austrian 14kt Handheld Folding Fan Locket Pendant
A gorgeous "folding fan" locket from the Victorian (ca1880) era! This unusual 14kt rose gold piece is comprised of seven matching discs, which clip together to form a stunning 3-dimensional pendant. Similar to a handheld fan, the teardrop-shaped discs can spread apart and are riveted together at one end, with a hinged latch that secures them together at the other end. When opened, a circular space is revealed on six of the discs, which currently hold the original images belonging to the previous owner, but can be easily replaced if desired. The exterior discs are smoothly polished and decorated with gorgeous swirled, leafy motifs that create a lovely textured design. One side showcases a set of engraved and overlapped initials, "E T" in a beautiful script. Stamped inside an exterior disc is an Austrian hallmark of a lion head with an "A" (indicating that it was assayed in Vienna) and a "4" (indicating the gold purity), along with two maker's marks. This double-sided pendant features a simple round bail attached at the top, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. An incredibly unique Victorian locket, it would make a special keepsake addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The pendant measures approximately 2" long, including the bail at the top, is 5/8" wide, and 1/2" thick. The overall pennyweight of the piece is 10.7 dwt (16.6 grams).
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the rose gold setting. The bail and hinged mechanism are secure and in good working condition. The latch opens easily and snaps securely into place.