Victorian Champleve Enamel Puffy Double Sided Locket Pendant
With a plump and puffy shape and unique enameled designs, this antique Victorian locket stands apart. The detailed and colorful enamel design is unique, and nicely, it's on both sides of the locket rather than just at the front. Created through a champleve technique, the designs are flush and smooth and the surface is glossy. Solidly constructed, you can press the two sides together for a soft and sturdy "snap"
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking, it must have been tucked away and well taken care of, the soft signs of wear are noticeable only on close inspection.
* The setting has a bright patina with a minor amount of darkening, no surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The enameling has a high sheen without any chipping or thinning on either side.
* The original glass panel is in place, it's a little hard to lift up but it works securely and the glass has no cracking or chipping.
* The locket shuts with a secure snap.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Length 1" excluding bale
Width 1" and the locket is almost 3/8" thick.
Mark No mark
Bale Secure, and original, locket snaps shut securely
Weight 11 grams
Period 1900 - 1910s
Material Alloy (doesn't test for silver or gold content)
On Enameling. There are several different styles of enameling: guilloche (colored, transparent enamel over a metal surface with geometric grooves), champlevé (enamel fills etchings or depressions in a metal surface), plique a jour (translucent enamel fitted into open-back metal cells) and more. What makes antique or vintage enamel pieces collectible is the condition of the enamel work-is it distinct and vibrant? Is it free from chips? Other characteristics like an elaborate pattern, unique depiction, or the use of multiple colors can add more value to an enamel pieces.
On Uncommon Pieces. Uncommon antique and vintage pieces are often highly collectable because you are not likely to find another one. While some uncommon pieces have garnered a cult following, others are so uncommon that they do not have a large fanbase. The latter type may not be considered collectables, but they are lovely, one-of-a-kind finds.