The close relationship between people and horses goes back a long, long way, but perhaps the height of that relationship was reached in Victorian times, just prior to the advent of the automobile. Is it any wonder, then, that all things equine were so prevalent in Victorian art and jewelry? This fantastic gold and enamel locket is an excellent example of the artful expression of these close ties.
Hand crafted in 9 karat gold around 1880, this wonderfully engraved locket features a beautiful enameled front with a cross of branches reminiscent of a winners circle. Inside the branches is a horseshoe topped with a riders cap and whip. The locket is what the English call ‘back and front’ meaning that the front and back and edges are done in 9 karat gold but there is a metal frame to the inside. This beauty has two frames inside for holding photos. This lovely locket measures 47 mm north to south and 29.6 mm across, it weighs 14.6 grams.
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