Keys that hide inside lockets are extremely rare; someone must have just sold their collection because we've seen a handful of others recently. This one is destined for a person with the initials ND. The folding key would have been used to unlock a coffer (aka jewelry box), but the box has long been lost; the key is the only jewel that remains.
10k gold (tests), brass key, new 14k gold chain
Very good - minor surface wear commensurate with age and use
1 1/2" including the bale, 18" chain
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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.