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Georgian Engine-Turned Pinchbeck Locket


The pattern on both sides of this late Georgian locket was made using a decorative technique called "engine-turning." Engine turning employs a tool called a rose lathe to create either a geometric or floral pattern on metal. This pinchbeck locket features crisp patterning on both sides with a foliate frame rendered in high relief. The interior holds a single locket compartment which likely once held a lock of hair but is now empty.


  • Materials

    pinchbeck, glass, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    1 1/8" length including the bale, 3/4" width, 18" chain





please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.