Antique Georgian/Early Victorian 9ct Rose Gold Engine Turned Locket

This daintily proportioned locket dates to around the Georgian to early Victorian era and had the finest engine turning to both from and rear compartments.

"Engine Turning’, also known as jewelling, refers to a reflective repetitive geometric pattern machined on a metal surface. Dating back hundreds of years engraved patterns were achieved using a tool know as a rose engine which involves the use of a turning engine to cut intricate, repetitive patterns onto a metal ( in this case gold) surface.

Rose engine turning has been seen in examples of work dating back to the early 1600’s".

Designed as an opening locket with two compartments both retaining their internal rims, panes and very early (probably, but not definitely, original) sepia momentos one of which has ‘hair work’ - blonde, incorporated into the painting for the weeping willow, ground and memorial monument.
The other, with a raised floral garland, may also be intricately formed hair work also.

Opening and closing perfectly and, as you can see in the photos, the momentos are upside down allowing the wearer to wear this locket around the neck and ‘view’ the treasured moments inside the right way up when every she wished.

Poignant and lovely, this charming treasure of days gone by is longing to be loved, seen and worn again.


2.3cm x 1.8cm Not including jump rings
Drop with rings - 2.9cm

3.13 Grams

Tested via XRF as 9ct gold

Very good antique condition.  Internal rims and ‘plastic’? covers in place.  Engine turning is beautiful.  No dents however one tiny tiny crack to gold close to the top ring, hard to see and stable.  A lovely dainty antique locket.

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