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1890s Niello Locket Necklace (profile view)
1890s Niello Locket Necklace (side view)
1890s Niello Locket Necklace (inside)
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1890s Niello Locket Necklace

1890s Niello Locket Necklace (on white background)
1890s Niello Locket Necklace (profile view)
1890s Niello Locket Necklace (side view)
1890s Niello Locket Necklace (inside)
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A beautiful little French-made niello locket with a checkerboard pattern, hanging alongside a matching spherical pendant. 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. Inside are two compartments with locks of hair. The compartments could easily hold photographs if desired. On a new 24" sterling chain that was patinated to match.

Materials

Sterling Silver and Niello

Date

Locket: Late 19th Century
Chain: New

Condition

Fair-Good. Locket clasp isn't tight, but the locket stays closed. Assorted losses to niello. On a new chain.

Size

Locket: 3/4 x 5/8"
Chain: 24"