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Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key

An exceptionally rare example of a Victorian locket features a key that really works to unlock and lock it closed.

In 18k gold, it is oval in shape and deep with two compartments for photographs or mementos.

One side shows a skeleton keyhole. The shaped key fits inside and turns to release the lock and the lid lifts open. In tiny letters are, "Patent" and a worn "W" and possibly an "M" and at least two worn letters.

To the interior, one side still retains the original photograph of a dapper gentleman. The other a curled lock of hair. Both are behind glass with their original frames or rims intact (of 9k gold).

The reverse of the locket is hand engraved in the most charming fancy lettering, "Kate". Note how the "K" letter is fashioned in an organic, decorative manner, with the three remaining letters shaded and worked to perfection.

Chain is for illustration purposes. Ask about our selection in all price ranges.

Note: Several other long-time, knowledgeable dealers have commented that they have never seen this type of locket before!

Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key
Item 21939

Rare 18k Gold Locket & Working Key

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Date: Circa 1880.

Measurements: Length of 1 5/8 inches 1 3/16 for just the oval and 1 inch wide and 5/16 inches deep. Weight of 15.3 grams.

Condition: Excellent, key has been repaired.

Origin: English.

Story

An exceptionally rare example of a Victorian locket features a key that really works to unlock and lock it closed.

In 18k gold, it is oval in shape and deep with two compartments for photographs or mementos.

One side shows a skeleton keyhole. The shaped key fits inside and turns to release the lock and the lid lifts open. In tiny letters are, "Patent" and a worn "W" and possibly an "M" and at least two worn letters.

To the interior, one side still retains the original photograph of a dapper gentleman. The other a curled lock of hair. Both are behind glass with their original frames or rims intact (of 9k gold).

The reverse of the locket is hand engraved in the most charming fancy lettering, "Kate". Note how the "K" letter is fashioned in an organic, decorative manner, with the three remaining letters shaded and worked to perfection.

Chain is for illustration purposes. Ask about our selection in all price ranges.

Note: Several other long-time, knowledgeable dealers have commented that they have never seen this type of locket before!

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