A Victorian heraldic locket fashioned in gold and engraved with what we believe is the crest of Henry Francis Compton, a demi-dragon erased with wings elevated, the body enfiled with a ducal coronet (to quote Fairbairn's Book of Crests). The reverse side is engraved with the monogram "JMC" (or possibly "MJC"). The locket currently holds a photo and panel of hair work, these can easily be removed by a jeweler to add your own photos if you so desire.
14k gold (tests), new 14k gold chain
Very good - surface wear commensurate with age and use
1 3/4" length including the bale, 1" width, 18" chain
1837 — 1901
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.
It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.