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Antique Silver Locket/Reliquary

Antique Silver Locket/Reliquary


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Victorian: Pre 1900: Item # 1487336

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This fascinating reliquary locket depicts a saint, probably St. Peter, holding a key (to the church? Or perhaps to heaven?), with a dove in the background. On the other side is a photograph of an ecclesiastical-looking person. It contains a touched relic (a bit of ribbon which has been touched to a saint’s bone or something worn by a saint); a tiny metal medal with Mary on one side, saying "Mary conceived without sin” and more Christian imagery on the other; and a wisp of cotton. It would be fascinating to know the story behind all this! The silver (unmarked but tested) is very thin, so it’s fragile, and bent in a few places, and there are a couple tiny breaks in the metal on the side with the saint – one just below his chin and the others in his mantle on the right. Overall it’s a really interesting piece. It measures 1-1/4" x 1 x 1/4". The photos are part of the description; please examine carefully. Thanks! Shipping, handling & insurance within the USA included.