Found in UK last month, this over-sized and very unusual choker necklace with 4 woven hair strands/strings that are joined into the side clamps of this 2 5/8" x 2 1/8" oval locket, and the stretch is either to slide over the head (not certain) or else this is a very generously sized arm band. at 15" interior circumference (without much pull at all on the stretchy hair ropes. The ropes of hair are approximately 1/4" in diameter, each. Large, one we've never seen made up into a jewelry item, if a necklace, it will fit as a choker on a 15-16" neck, it would appear. The more I look at it, the more likely it is that it is an extra large armband. The old leather case appears to be the original presentation case, and is a lovely old antique in its own right. The portrait is truly remarkable. The fine detail is even better in person, as these tend to wash out a bit in the photography lights and flash. I am in awe of the ability to capture such fine detail in a portrait, the face of which is only about 1" high. Circa 1830-40, her bottle curls frame her face beneath her Georgian lace bonnet, and a brooch at her neckline is lovely, too. The old original slightly oyster-convex cover glass is also intact and undamaged, as is the one on the backside, along with the gold wires worked into the locks of arranged hair. A most lovely old memento. Measurements are noted in our images.
Very good to excellent condition throughout, I see not much of anything at all to disclose by way of a flaw. The hair ropes (4 of them) are all tightly woven, not damaged, and are tightly affixed to the clamps on each side. Those are hinged. They don't comprise a clasp that can be opened, however, as noted. I think it was made up as a man's armband for mourning. And it's generously sized so he might have been a quite large gentleman, too. Spectacular piece, original leather covered box is original and stays with the set. Acid tested at 12K gold.
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