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Antique Bird Locket 12k Gold C1880 Rare Wedding Jewelry Etruscan Victorian Pearl For Sale
Antique Bird Locket 12K Gold c1880 Rare Wedding Jewelry Etruscan Victorian Pearl
A MAGNIFICENT JEWEL - A SUPERB VICTORIAN ETRUSCAN REVIVAL PICTURE LOCKET WITH A FULLY MODELED BIRD OF PEACE WITH A PEARL PENDANT IN SOLID 10-12K GOLD DATING TO C1880 - A RARE AND WONDERFUL JEWEL!!!
This is a magnificent estate jewel!!! Absolutely the finest quality.
This wonderful locket is all the rage! It features a stunning solid gold locket in the Etruscan Revival style. In the center of the oval locket is a cartouche with a wonderful bird - most likely a dove, the symbol of peace and love. This bird is fully modeled in a repousse raised design. It has beautiful and very fine detailed engraving on its wings to create the feathers - really a masterwork in engraving. The engraving continues onto the body and tail. The head has a wonderful collar and beautifully modeled face. I love how the bird is placed on the locket with its wings as if it is in flight. This is difficult to capture in the photos but it is truly magical! It is stunning! The dove holds a pendant pearl in its beak. The locket has wonderful Etruscan styling with beading and cannetille work throughout - this is also superbly done obviously by a master jeweler! The locket opens on the back with a compartment for a photo. What a rare wonderful early locket! The locketdates to the Victorian period - c1860-1890. A rare find!!!
The locket comes from a very fine New York City estate collection of lockets. Please see our other sales for more lockets from this estate.
The locket is in superb period condition. There is no apparent damage to the locket. On the interior of the photo area there is a bit of lead solder. This in no way detracts from the piece in my opinion but I wanted to mention it. The locket is 50 mm (2 inches) in length including the bale. It is 26 mm (1 inch) wide. The locket closes securely. The locket tests for 10-12K gold. I assume it is 12K gold as this was often used during the Victorian period. The locket weighs 8.8 grams.
This is a stunning antique jewel with great drama and style. The combination of the wonderful bird locket, with the pearl pendant and the magnificent Etruscan gold work are mesmerizing. Together they create a jewel worthy of the finest collection. It is so immensely wearable either during the day or at the most glamorous affair. Treat yourself or a loved one to a treasure to cherish for generations and one which will only increase in value over time!
This sale is only for the Etruscan Bird Picture Locket.
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