This rare mourning locket from the Victorian (ca1875) era is quite a stunning piece! Crafted in vibrant 18k gold, the decorative locket serves as an incredible example of the mourning jewelry tradition. A delicate white pearl is pin-set in a gold 8-pointed star; a classic Victorian motif. The pearl and star rest in the center of a bezel-set piece of banded agate, surrounded by a gold twisted rope-like border around the bezel. The agate and pearl are encompassed by a broad gold boarder heavily adorned with black enamel. The enamel script reads "In memory of" on the four points of the cross. In between the points of the cross, gorgeously enameled flower-like shapes fill in the negative space. The outer edges of the locket also feature spoked gold-shot detail. The locket also boasts an over-sized bail that features the same floral enamel styling that can be seen throughout. The backside of this piece features a single large compartment with a removable glass face with gold frame that likely once held a photo or memento of the deceased. Engraved above the top of the compartment reads "George May, Died 6th Oct'R 1875". A wonderful antique mourning piece, it is rich in history and would be perfect for the serious Victorian collector!
Measurements: The piece measures 2 5/8" long including the bail, 1 5/8" wide, and 3/4" thick. The bail opening measures approximately 1/2" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the piece is excellent given its age. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting, the agate, pearl, or tracery enamel. The glass window on the back remains intact and free of scratches. The bail is securely attached. There is a small pin hole (approximately 1mm) at the tip of the cross where the word "of" is enameled, however this cannot be seen when the piece is worn.