Mid Century Folding Treasure Chest Locket
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A clever, mid-twentieth-century locket, substantially modeled in 18k yellow gold, whose form recalls a treasure chest. This unusual, folding locket is bound by a pair of belt-like arms that snap into place, securing the locket— release those arms and it opens out like an accordion, revealing five rectangular photo receivers, and a shallow, lidded-compartment that could hold a small note or a lock of hair. The top of this treasure chest is decorated with a hand-pierced series of baroque hearts. Its ends and sides are deeply-engraved with varied patterns. This magical old darling is entirely hand built— its construction is precise and ingenious. We especially love its additional "secret compartment!" Equally wonderful are the many different styles of engraving here, the contrasting texture this engraving provides, and the way it catches the light. This locket is equipped with an extra-large, round jump ring. It wears beautifully on long chain, alone or layered with other meaningful pieces. Marked 18k for purity.
Drop is approx 24.8 mm (about 1"); locket measures approx 10.5 x 16.7 mm; photo spaces measure approx 13.5 x 8.5 mm (about 1/2" x 1/3"); weight is approx 14.8 grams.