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Victorian Mayor of Jersey City Locket


In August 1883, during his second term as mayor, Taussig's rock candy company, Taussig & Hammerschlag, went out of business. In September, they were arrested and charged with fraud. The Havemeyer Sugar Refining Company claimed they were tricked into making a loan based on false financial statements. Taussig and Hammerschlag lost the suit in December 1884. Five months later, this over-the-top locket was "Presented to Isaac W. Taussig Mayor of Jersey City as a token of the esteem of his Constituents May 3rd, 1884". New Jersey: keeping politics shady since the 19th century.


  • Materials

    three color 14k gold (rose, yellow, green), platinum, 16 rose cut diamonds, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    engraved for May 3rd, 1884

  • Condition

    Good - engraving is worn but legible; there is a visible repair (solder) to the interior of the locket

  • Size

    1 3/4" length including the bale, 7/8" width, 18" chain

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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.

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