Large Antique Victorian Sterling Silver Heart Vesta Case Keepsake Locket, Full English Hallmark Birmingham 1899, 27.5" Rosary Chain

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Here is a stunning and rare large size antique Victorian sterling silver heart-shaped vesta case, made in Birmingham England in the year of 1899. It has ornate floral etched pattern throughout and a clean shield-shape space to add your personal engravings on one side, which is a typical design for late Victorian jewelry. Opened from one side of the lid, the case reveals a deep compartment. The vesta case has a solid weight and beautifully crafted.

A vesta case was used to hold short matches in the old time. Its ornate design and practical functionality can be easily re-imagined into a keepsake/locket to store a love note (say, "I love you" or "will you marry me?"), photos, a lock of hair, small jewelry, the list goes on and on...

I designed and handmade a 27.5 inches rosary style sterling silver chain accented with genuine silver grey freshwater pearls, which seamlessly complements the texture and pattern of this lovely keepsake.

Measurement : approx. 4cm by 3.5cm by 1.4cm (just the heart shape, excluding the bale).

Metal and Hallmark: It is fully hallmarked as sterling silver (lion passant) - Birmingham (anchor), maker's mark (partially worn off) and date letter "Z" for 1899.

Total Weight (with chain): 24.8 grams. Vesta case weight: 19.3 grams.

Condition: very fine antique condition with patina and wear appropriate for its age. The hinge and closure are is in a good working condition. Please look through all the listing pictures for the general condition.

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