Antique Victorian 10K Gold Rectangular Black Enamel Taille D'Epargne Photo Locket, Circa 1800s

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This is a very old and charming locket made in the mid-to-late Victorian era! Made from 10K solid gold, the front of this locket is carved with black enameling floral details with the Taille D'Epargne technique. A textured pattern and a crest shape cartouche (it is engraved "FME") are on the back.

Like many Victorian lockets, it has an ornate hanging setting at the top. The locket has a very neat design in its opening mechanism: one needs to pull out the horizontal hanging rod to open the locket (see images 7 and 8). The locket opens and reveals two compartments with one original bezel and one glass photo cover inside (indicating the piece was made at or before the turn of twentieth century) on one side, and a old photo on the other side. It is a lovely example of Victorian mourning jewelry!

*The listing is for the locket only. The collar chain in the mannequin picture is available through a different listing. If you want a chain to go with the locket, I would be happy to provide an 18-inch gold filled chain at no cost. The chain style varies depending on what is available in my inventory. Please send me a note at or before your checkout.

Size: It measures 1 & 5/16" in height (from top to bottom); 3/4" in width.

Gross weight: approx. 8.3 grams. Metal: unmarked but tested as 10K.

Circa 1880s.

Condition: very good antique condition with age appropriate tarnish and wear. minor wear to the enamel. Small metal nicks and dents on the side/edge. Please look through all the pictures as they are part of the description. The locket opens well and lock closes firmly. This is a precious piece of Victorian jewelry you cannot miss out on.

*The price reflects a domestic shipping cost of $11, which includes tracking and insurance.