Victorian Era Repoussé Heart Padlock Charm with Key in 14k Gold
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A lovely, miniature, Victorian-era, repoussé heart padlock, modeled in 14k yellow gold, and still partnered with its original 14k gold key. This functioning lock is in wonderful condition. It is highly-textural, decorated all-over with flowers and fine, swirling, baroque forms— a pair of blooms rest at the center of the pattern. This padlock would have originally been used as the focal piece for a bracelet or necklace, and (as a clasp) to connect its two ends. We love a heart-shaped lock, for its clear symbolic sentiment. It is rare to find a period lock with a functioning key mechanism, and rarer yet to find it with its key. Struck 14k on the lock's hoop.
c. 1880 - 1890
Lock measures approx 15.65 x 23.6 mm; depth is approx 6.2 mm; key measures approx 15.65 x 7.65 (at the widest point), excluding jump ring.