A blend of beautiful materials and fine craftmanship create this wonderful Victorian pique locket, circa 1860 made of tortoise shell and inlaid with gold and sterling silver to form a whimsical rose and rose leaves design, on a tortoise shell bail. The locket opens to store two photos or lock of hair. Each frame rimmed with twisted gold and glass covered. The locket measures 1 3/4 inches in long from the top of the bail to the bottom of the locket and one inch at its widest point.
It is in very good condition with age appropriate wear, having a defining line directly under the base of the rose stem, seemingly purposely carved but could be a crack, small flea bites inside frame. Tortoise clasp snaps when closed. The silver hinge is in perfect working order. The piece opens by inserting a fingernail into the space between the halves on the unhinged side. Because of the thickness of the shell, the grain is only easily visible on the bale.
This lovely locket is one of our favorites!