SOLD Victorian 800 Silver Niello Star Locket with Spring Clasp
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.
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