This beautiful antique locket dates to the late Victorian era. It is circular shaped with a fluted edge, a bit like a flower, and is fully engraved on both sides with ornate details.
Inside the locket the original glass panels holds a lock of woven hair in one side, with 'AB Aged 55' engraved in the other side. This locket is a Victorian mourning item, honouring 'AB' who was someones loved one. Opens and closes securely from the side and clicks shut. The glass panel seems fixed in place inside, but you may be able to have a jeweller remove it if you wished to remove the hair.
Tests as 9ct gold back and front. 9ct Gold Back and Front lockets were typical of gold lockets from this era. In the late Victorian, Edwardian and Art Nouveau periods, lockets were manufactured with solid gold fronts and solid gold backs – to clarify, the metal at the front is a sheet of solid gold and the metal at the back is also a sheet of solid gold. Using this method allowed heavy engraving which would not be possible on rolled gold or gold plating. The sides, hinges and the loose frames inside are usually made of a sturdy base metal that has been gold plated. The reasoning behind such construction is that gold is a soft metal and lockets by default are opened and closed regularly. Using a sturdier metal than gold meant that they were less likely to buckle or break. These lockets are 90 – 95% solid gold and in the parts that are not they are gold plated and the plating is generally of such a good thickness that it still stands 100 years later.
We have added a gold tone vintage necklace chain so that the locket is ready to wear - this is a little more modern than the locket, but it works nicely. The necklace chain is 17" in length, and the locket measures 2 cms without the bails, 2.7 cms with the bail loops. Weighs 5.3 grams (locket and chain combined).
In good antique condition, with just minimal light wear and tarnish, really very good given it's age. Please see the photos.
Apologies for any black marks that show in the photos, this locket is made of a reflective gold and the black marks are just reflections from my black camera - not actual marks on the physical locket.
Please pay attention to the written sizes given as the photographs have been taken close up to show detail - which may also make the item appear bigger than in person
We accept layaway requests for items where the value exceeds £100 GBP. An initial deposit of 20% of the item cost to hold the piece is required, and full payment is to be made within 6 weeks. Instalments can be made towards the Paypal invoice as and when suits you within the 6 week period. Once the final payment has cleared the item will be shipped.
Please note as a small business we can't hold layaways for longer than 6 weeks. Please be advised layaway items are a final sale and non-returnable, and layaway items are not included in any discounts, promotion codes or shop sales. If you change your mind during your layaway plan and no longer want your item, you will forfeit your deposit. The deposit ir non-refundable and non-transferable.
As an alternative to a layaway scheme, PayPal credit is a great way to pay for your item over time. At the time of writing they offer up to 18 months to pay without interest. Paying for your item this way would mean you will receive it much faster as we would post after full payment was made to us.
We aim to post every order within 48 hours of the order being placed, but usually we post within 24. For this reason, we cannot usually accept order cancellations as we would require notice of cancellation prior to the item shipping. Please be aware that International orders can take up to 28 working days to arrive, sometimes they can be held up outwith our control due to Customs or other mail delays.
POSTAGE COSTS AND SERVICES:
UK ORDERS: All items are sent via a tracked and insured service (Either 1st Class Recorded Delivery or Next Day Special Delivery), we will update you with your parcel tracking number after it has been posted so that you can follow its journey to you.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: For items under £60 you may select standard airmail or International Tracked and Signed. Standard airmail has no tracking or insurance, and therefore if the parcel goes missing in the post we cannot be held liable or claim for compensation. We encourage all buyers to pay for the Tracked service, as this comes with £250 insurance cover in the event that the parcel goes missing. £250 is the maximum amount that we can insure any parcel for. If you are ordering multiple items that total over £250, we encourage you to place individual orders and have them send individually, to allow for more complete insurance cover.
INTERNATIONAL ORDERS: For items over £60 - We post all items over the value of £60 by International Tracked and Signed Delivery. You will be updated with a tracking number after the parcel has been dispatched. Please do not be alarmed if the tracking goes quiet for a few days - this is common when the parcel is passing through customs.
It's very rare for a parcel to go missing, we have only had ever 1 parcel go missing out of thousands sent over the course of 4 years. We unfortunately cannot be held responsible for items which go missing in the post, we always obtain a receipt to prove that we have fulfilled our duties and have shipped the item via whichever method you selected. If you selected International Tracked delivery then we can file an insurance claim to seek reimbursement for the missing parcel up to the value of £250, however if you selected standard airmail then no compensation can be claimed.
Customers are responsible for entering the correct shipping information; changes to shipping address after order is placed can not be guaranteed. Re-shipping orders returned to us due to buyer error (incorrect address at checkout) will incur new postage charges which are the sole responsibility of the buyer.
Customers are responsible for all duties, taxes, associated with Customs.
We are sure you will be delighted with your purchase, but in the case where you are not we will offer you a full refund on the safe return of the item. The item must be in original condition with no alterations, damage or additional wear to be eligible for a refund. Please inform us of your intent to return within 3 days of the item arriving, and post back within 7.
Please note that return postage is payable by the buyer and not Dear Rose, With Love, and original postage costs are non refundable. Please ensure all original packaging is used to send the item back, and please use a tracked shipping method. International orders returned must clearly state 'RETURN' on the outer packaging to avoid us incurring customs charges. If the customer does not mark 'Return' on the parcel and we incur Customs charges due to this then the amount will be deducted from their refund price.
All items are sent fully gift wrapped as standard - either in a gift box, gift bag, or gift wrap. It's not a problem to post directly to your recipient if you are gifting, if you would like us to included a custom note or message in the parcel just let us know when you place your order!