Victorian Sterling Walnut Locket Pendant with Corked Perfume Holder
A stunning and unusual locket pendant from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in sterling silver, this relatively large piece forms the shape of a walnut that hangs from a simple bail at the top. The unique 3-dimensional design is true to size, depicting a realistic walnut shell decorated with a raised and textured design across the entire surface. The locket is hinged on the side and opens to reveal a gilded hollow interior with a separate and unique compartment on either side. One side adorns a round frame (where a special picture can be stored) that is hinged at the top and opens from the bottom to reveal a hollow interior where a special object can be stored. The other side features a hinged perfume bottle that can be pulled outward, and the original, delicate cork rests within the glass-top opening. Encircling the base of the opening is a row of gorgeous natural pearls that rest atop the original sage green velvet border. The bottle could have also been used as a holder for pearl tipped sewing pins, where the pins would have been pushed through the velvet and the pearl tops formed the lovely design. Stamped below the round frame is a "STERLING 925" purity mark, and attached at the top of the pendant is a simple bail, perfect for hanging from a favorite chain. An incredible and unique piece that can be personalized in many ways, this charming pendant would make a fantastic addition to any collection!
Measurements: The pendant hangs approximately 2" long (including the bail at the top), and measures about 1 3/8" wide, and is slightly less than 1 1/2" thick.
Condition: The overall condition of the locket is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver setting. The bail, locket mechanism, and hinged interior spaces are all secure and in good working order. The original gilt finish on the interior shows some slightly wear, however it is not noticeable when worn due to its location. The cork can be removed and remains in place when placed back on the bottle.