A very rare Victorian locket or vinaigrette (a container for carrying scent) in the form of an apple. Engraved on the face are the words "To the Fairest" a reference to The Judgement of Paris, a Greek myth, in which Eris offers a golden apple as a prize of beauty. Very finely hand engraved with the stem and leaf attached to the apple. An English registry number inside dates to the locket to 1898.
1890s (English Registry Number Corresponds to 1898)
7/8 x 3/4"
Good. Recently restored. A couple very minor dents.