• SOLD Victorian 800 Silver Niello Star Locket with Spring Clasp

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    A beautiful and versatile locket from the turn of the century, circa 1900. This is a niello locket hanging on a little niello chain of varying link design, with a lovely large niello spring clasp at the top. The locket is French in origin and is made from 800 silver, a quality widely recognized as silver in France. On one side the niello shows a star design and on the other is a pretty floral design that has been overlaid with rose gold. Inside, there is a single frame that can be removed to place a photograph behind. Due to the spring clasp, the locket can be changed between various chains with ease. 

    Niello is a metallic alloy of sulphur that is combined with silver and used to fill a design that has been engraved on a metal surface.

    Details:

    Materials - 800 Silver (tested, there is a rubbed hallmark on the bale of the locket)

    Age - C1900

    Size - The locket measures 23mm by 18mm not including the bale. The spring clasp is 18mm in diameter. The entire piece measures 95mm long or 3 11/16" long.

    Condition - Good. Some wear to the niello on the spring clasp and along the links, consummate with age.

    Weight - 9.4g