Victorian Sterling Silver Locket Book Chain Collar
A gorgeous example of a Victorian sterling silver locket book chain collar from Birmingham, England. Featuring a fancy multi-link book chain with a bolt ring and large hinged clasp adorned with a gothic hand-engraved locket.
The locket hangs from a graduated silver bail and features raised embellishments floral motifs, and a robust stamped star trim. The back of the locket is un-decorated besides the trim and makers marks. The inner locket shows the reverse sides of the case's design and has notable silver tarnishing/wear. There are no picture frame inserts or glass except for one oval-shaped plastic cover, but it could be restored or used to store small artifacts.
The book chain is quite unique and features an alternating pattern of wide polished links and cutout scalloped links with an large hinged ring clasp loops through the end links (the clasp is not actually attached and can be removed). Often times, book chains this old have some flattened or damaged links, but this one has remained in remarkable condition.
The combination of marks on the back of the case are designed to identify the origin and age of each piece, but unfortunately some of them have been worn beyond recognition. There is a distinguishable 'Sterling Birmingham' (anchor) hallmark and a partial maker's mark that looks like 'JD', but the silver quality marker and date letters are illegible so we cannot confirm it's exact age or silver composition. Based on comparable pieces we believe this to be a late Victorian book chain from the 1890's.
This piece was obviously well cared for by its previous owners and is in great condition for its age with only a few minuscule dings and scratches.There is some notable tarnishing and wear to portions of the silver, more so on the locket than the chain, but nothing that affects its wearability or overall aesthetic.
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Condition: Antique; good
Book chain: 20" L x 5/8" W
Pendant height (including bail): 2 1/2"
Locket: 2" L x 1 5/8" W x 7/16" D
Weight: 51.4 grams