Antique Victorian 1860s hairwork wreath pendant locket on bookchain
The hairwork is marvelous, with leaves and flowers fashioned in hair and arranged in a pretty wreath against shimmering opaline glass. Painted flourishes accent the wreath. The design is set under glass with engraved details inside the rim and a "twisted" smooth/patterned frame around the entirety. A pretty flay-lay of the worked hair is displayed through the hidden locket glass on the verso. This gives us the unique opportunity to see a bit of the before/after of the palette work process, where first the hair is cleaned, trimmed, smoothed, and carefully arranged. We paired this piece with one of our favorite antique chains. Swivel and large spring ring clasp closure. A beautiful piece.
Measurements: Locket 1 3/4" x 1 1/2" oval, 17" fancy chain
Markings: N/A, locket tests for 10K, chain is gold plated
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