ANTIQUE ITALIAN SILVER GILT PETRARCHA RENAISSANCE STYLE LOCKET PENDANT & CHAIN
An antique double-strand pinchbeck-type gilt yellow metal necklace, hung with a silver gilt (solid silver with a gold wash) pendant, decorated with finely engraved & applied designs, including a relief profile & reading 'Petrarcha' - Francesco Petrarcha (Petrarch) was an Italian scholar and poet in Renaissance Italy. The locket hinges open to reveal an empty glass locket compartment.
An unusual & very collectable antique locket...extremely wearable too!
CONDITION: Very good. Chain & locket an old marriage. Slight signs of wear commensurate with age and use.
DATE/MARKS: 19th Century. Not marked.
DIMENSIONS: Locket 53 x 40 mm, chains approx. 27 inches long (1 inch = 25.4 mm). To give an impression of scale, the coin is 19 mm or ¾ of an inch diameter.
WEIGHT: Approx. 53.0 grams.