Victorian 18kt Gold Black Tracery Memorial Locket Bracelet
A fabulous and unique Memorial bracelet from the early Victorian period (ca1871)! Made of 18kt yellow gold, this beautiful one-of-a-kind piece is comprised of 10 hinged links which connect to a large, belly front locket face. The locket is oval in shape and has the phrase "IN MEMORY OF" in black enameling along with the raised initials "ER" riveted into the center. The locket is framed by a black enameled border with a geometric pattern. The band of the bracelet has 8 square gold links, each carrying the same beautiful etched design with black enamel tracery accents. On either shoulder is a triangular shaped link which frames the center locket perfectly and carries a complimentary etched and tracery design. On the back of the locket is the hand engraved inscription "ELIZABETH RANDALL" and "OB AUG 23RD. 1871. OC. 66", representing the person being honored. The locket is hinged and opens from the side where you can find a picture of the deceased on the left and a small piece of paper with details such as the birth and death dates on the right. The bracelets clasps in the front, incorporated into the design and is hidden in the locket face. This wonderfully elaborate and unusual piece is absolutely stunning and would make a great addition to any collection!
Measurements: When the piece is expanded, the bracelet measures 6 5/8" in length. The square links measure slightly less than 1/2" tall and wide and the triangular links measure 1 1/2" tall. Both the square and triangular links have a depth of 1/8". The locket face measures 1 5/8" tall, 1 3/8" wide and 1/2" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the bracelet is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the gold setting or to the black enameling. The clasp is secure and in good working condition.