A lovely late Victorian 18K gold locket enhanced with ornate pierced arabesques and pearl-studded laurel wreaths. The pearls have particularly nice color and luster. The cover opens to reveal a glass-enclosed compartment for a portrait or other keepsake. A small piece of cloth soaked in perfume could have been added behind the pierced cover to provide a bit of relief from the smelly Parisian streets of the 1800s. The original bail is also set with seed pearls. Stamped with French 18K gold marks.
- Origin: France, ca. 1880
- Condition: excellent; a small ding on the back cover (more visible from the inside of the locket than the outside
- Dimensions: 1-1/16” x 2” (2-3/8” including the bail)
- Weight: 15.2 grams