Victorian 9kt Tortoise Shell Padlock Heart Pendant Necklace 28"
A wonderful tortoise shell pendant necklace from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Now a banned material, antique tortoise shell jewelry has become very collectible. Hanging at the center of a gold-filled watch chain is a beautiful heart-shaped tortoise shell padlock pendant, featuring 9kt rosy yellow gold accents. The tortoise shell displays a rich dark brown color with subtle light amber and caramel hues and the piece is held in an ornate scalloped edge cap. The entire cap is embellished with a swirled etched design that is also found on the delicate keyhole on the front of the pendant, adding a perfect finishing touch. The handle of the padlock also acts as the clasp, and is stamped on the back with a maker's mark and various English hallmarks, including a crown, a "375" gold purity mark" and a lion's head, indicating it was assayed in London. A simple gold bail attaches the handle to a rosy yellow gold-filled chain, featuring delicate round interlocking links that fastens in the back at a swivel watch clasp. The chain is doubled up, adding a nice depth to the design and thanks to its length, can easily slip on and off overhead. This beautiful necklace is blends seamlessly into modern day fashion, and is perfect for everyday wear.
Measurements: The chain measures approximately 28" long is about 1/8" thick when doubled up. The padlock pendant hangs about 2" long (including the bail), measures 1 1/4" wide, and is 1/4" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the pendant necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there are no apparent damage to the yellow gold or gold-filled setting. There are no apparent chips to the tortoise shell, except for a tiny mark at the tip, however, due to it's size and location, it is not noticeable when worn. The padlock handle and watch swivel clasp are secure and in good working order.