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18K Gold & Rose Cut Diamond Early Automobile & Airplane Scenic Locket

18K Gold & Rose Cut Diamond Early Automobile & Airplane Scenic Locket


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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Gold: Art Nouveau: Pre 1920: Item # 1410201
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 $1,895.00 
A large and extremely rare 18K gold scenic locket depicting a detailed image of four passengers in an early automobile waving as an Antoinette monoplane with two passengers flies by. The car's headlights are set with rose cut diamonds. The detailed scene includes a flock of birds dispersed by the airplane, a plume of exhaust smoke behind the car, and another automobile with passengers and a village in the distant background. A female passenger leans from the side of the car, waving her handkerchief at the passing airplane. The bottom edge bears a signature, likely that of Holy Frères, partly hidden by the applied scalloped border. The interior retains the two original photo frames. The back cover is engraved with an ornate three-letter monogram and the date 7-12-1915 (December 7 in the European dating system). The bail is stamped for 18K.
  • Origin: France or Switzerland, ca 1915
  • Dimensions: 1 9/32" diameter
  • Condition: excellent; a pinpoint ding to the back cover
  • Weight: 8.4 grams
  • Approximate Total Diamond eight: .03 carat