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Antique Niello Silver Shield Locket

$1,000.00

Antique Niello Silver Shield Locket

$1,000.00


Description

DATE: Imperial Russian, c.1900

An attractive antique shield locket fashioned in niello silver. It's Russian, dating from the turn of the 20th century, with three gold stars down the middle and stylized thistles (?) on either side. It opens to reveal two oval shaped compartments for holding photographs or other mementos.

Niello is an ancient technique, similar to enamelling, but using a black mixture of powdered silver, copper, lead, and sulphur. This powder, or paste, is applied to the base metal (usually silver), fired until it melts, then left to set as it cools. There’s evidence of the technique being used as far back as the Bronze Age, with surviving examples from Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and the Far East.

MEASUREMENTS 

2.8 x 2.2cm (not including jump rings)

WEIGHT 

7.1g

MARKS 

No marks present, tests as silver

CONDITION 

Very good, light wear commensurate with age

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