This is a truly spectacular exampled of a Victorian locket. It is quite large measuring 2 inches long including the 3/8 inch bail and 1 5/16 inch wide. It is 7/16 thick. The condition is extremely good, it closes tightly and remains closed and both original frames are present although the original glass is missing. There are ovals of cardboard under the frames. The back is plain with only the hallmarks which reference the maker B&L, g for 1881, an anchor for Birmingham & the lion for sterling silver. There are also 2 small dark marks and several tiny dents, nothing bigger than the head of a pin and none deep. The front is engraved with a lovely raise oval of fern leaves surrounded by two “steps” of curved rectangles then outermost spaced balls embellish the outside edge of the top edge. the chain is a solid 1/8 inch wide patinaed rope with spring ring catch stamped 925 (I do not think the catch is original to the chain, and the chain may not be original but works well with the locket). The chain weighs 13.9 grams and the locket weighs 11.2 grams.
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