This charming envelope purse shaped locket was originally used for carrying postage stamps. When postage stamps were introduced they were considered very precious and could actually be used as currency. This darling piece would have been suspended off a lady's fob (watch) chain.
As with many antique jewellery items, this is not only beautiful but practical as well. The button of the purse opens to reveal a thin compartment postage stamps could be fitted into for safe carriage. The slim horizontal hinge for this mechanisam is neatly positioned at the back of the locket out of view from the front. There is a single jump ring at the top of the purse to allow it to be worn on a chain. Today it would make a lovely pendant on a silver necklace and could still be used to hold a keep sake such as a photograph, piece of material or other meaningful treasure.
These lovely little lockets are a special snapshot of history and are becoming increasingly rare these days. This is a beautiful one, classic and understated, the design translates very well to the modern day.
Hallmarked for Birmingham 1916
Depth: 0.4cm (approx)
Please note, chain shown is available separately.