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1890s French Niello Locket (on white background)
1890s French Niello Locket (detail)
1890s French Niello Locket (shown open)
1890s French Niello Locket (on black background)
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1890s French Niello Locket

1890s French Niello Locket (on white background)
1890s French Niello Locket (detail)
1890s French Niello Locket (shown open)
1890s French Niello Locket (on black background)
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A beautiful little French-made niello locket with a checkerboard pattern. In sterling silver. Niello is a black mixture of copper, silver, and lead inlaid into engraved silver. It's a centuries old technique, but it was particularly popular in France at the end of the 19th century. It's rare to find in such good condition. The photos are easily replaced if so desired.

Materials

Niello on Sterling Silver

Date

Late 19th Century

Condition

Very Good. Photos are older, but not original.

Size

Total Drop (including bale): 1-1/8"
Case: 20 x 17mm