Antique 'IN MEMORY OF' Mourning Locket
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Circa 1830's, a late Georgian or very early Victorian mourning locket. With a sumptuously gorgeous Acanthus leaf frame surrounding the solid 18ct gold centrepiece which holding the precious message 'In Memory Of' picked out in a wonderful Gothic font in black champleve enamel. The reverse homes a compartment to hold hair or a treasured scrap of fabric. It is always a wonder to us how these old pieces have survived. Three lifetimes have passed and the sentiment remains.
For scale; from the top of the bale 3.5cm and the locket itself measures 2.5cm. The surround and decorative ribbed bale is gold cased.