Lockets


Lockets and medallions belong to the category of pendants. Generally quite old, they often date from the 19th century and were used to keep a photo (or an element) of a loved one. They can be opened in two or even three parts. Indeed, some of them have two photo compartments.

They are found in all shapes: oval, round, heart-shaped. Some are inlaid with hard stone engraved with the owner’s initials, others are simply gold. Most of the time they are inlaid with either small pearls, small stones (rubies, garnets) but can also be enameled. The most common enamels are blue, black. Sometimes these photo holders have hair on them: they are then mourning jewels in which a physical memory of the deceased person is kept.

Photo holders and medallions are nice jewelry to accompany a chain or to keep a memory. Here is Maison Mohs’ selection.

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  • Pendentif porte photo en orhexagonal gold pendant medallion
    600,00

    Hexagonal photo locket pendant in 18 karats gold. This antique locket pendant takes on the shape of a hexagon with a simple, undecorated gold border. The top section, beneath the bale, unscrews to open the pendant, revealing two beveled glasses inside. It can be used to insert a photo or a lock of hair. The pendant contains a miniature depicting a Saint or Saintess adorned with a crown of pink flowers and what appears to be a sword. The flower crown is an attribute of Saint Dorothée or Rosa de Lima, but there’s some uncertainty regarding this iconography. Above the saint’s halo, the word “félicité” (happiness) is discernible. This is an antique pendant from the mid-19th century.

    Owl hallmark

    Dimensions (including bale): 38 mm x 22 mm.

    Condition: Signs of wear, invisible chip on the glass (under the mount). The miniature can be removed.

    Weight: 6.12 gr

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  • 18k gold locket pendantpendentif porte photo ancien en or
    370,00

    Gold locket pendant in 18 karat (750) yellow gold photo pendant. Circular in shape, it consists of two simple glasses between which a photo, a flower or a lock of hair can be slipped. The top part, below the clasp, unscrews to open the pendant. The outline is plain, with no decoration. French work from the late 19th century.

    Marked with an eagle’s head

    Height with clasp: 38 mm Diameter: 27 mm

    Condition: scratches from use,

    Weight: 3.54 g

    *La chaine en or n’est pas vendue avec le bijou*
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  • camée et son pendentif en or
    3100,00

    Antique necklace cameo pendant in 18 karat yellow and rose gold (750). Necklace featuring a photo medallion centered with an agate cameo of a woman profile with an antique hairstyle. The cameo is surrounded by a finely braided circular gold element, similar to the thick chain. The medallion is in rose gold and opens onto a compartment that can hold a photograph or a lock of hair, protected by glass. The necklace chain resembles a tube of gold braiding, giving it a slight elasticity (like a spring). It closes with a ratchet box concealed in the body of the necklace. The medallion pendant was made by Lucien or Laurent Nicot (active in Paris from 1854 to 1903).

    Eagle head hallmark, rhinoceros hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmarks.

    Chain length: 19.5 cm

    Medallion dimensions (with setting): 45 mm x 25 mm

    Condition: slight indentation in the link towards the clasp, wear scratches

    Weight : 30.93 gr

    *The antique box is not sold with the jewel*

  • Mother of pearl reliquary pendantAntique miniature reliquary locket pendant
    1800,00

    Antique reliquary locket pendant in 18k rose gold (750). On one side, the pendant is decorated with a miniature on paper depicting Saint Jerome praying before a cross, with a skull in the foreground. The miniature is protected by a beveled oval glass. The reverse features a chased oval mother-of-pearl plate adorned with a carnelian cabochon on red foil, set in the center of the composition. It forms the heart of Christ, in a radiating motif engraved in the mother-of-pearl. The medallion is decorated with fine chasing on the edge, which opens secretly by unscrewing the ring-like upper part. Antique medallion, probably French, dating from the late 18th century.

    Owl hallmark (later add).

    Dimensions: 43 mm x 25 mm

    Condition: vellum miniature in poor condition, possibly restored or removed. Scratches from use.

    Weight : 12.49 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • médaillon porte-photo en orpendentif ancien porte-photo
    420,00

    Antique gold locket pendant in 18 karat rose gold (750). This circular shaped pendant is made of two bevelled glasses between which a photo, a flower or a lock of hair can be slipped. The upper part, under the clamp, can be unscrewed to open the pendant. The outline is sober, it does not include any decoration. French work from the end of the 19th century.

    Partial eagle head hallmark and illegible goldsmith’s hallmark

    Height with the bélière: 35 mm
    Diameter: 26 mm

    Condition: scratches from use on glasses, dull edges.

    Weight : 5.88 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • Antique flower locket pendantmédaillon deuil fleur
    1200,00

    Victorian flower locket pendant in rose gold 18 karats (750) and silver. Antique locket pendant with an oval shape decorated with a flower in relief, made of silver and gold, set with fine pearls. The leaves are in green enamel. The pendant opens onto a compartment that can hold a photograph protected by a glass. 19th century memento souvenir pendant.

    Eagle head hallmark

    Dimensions (including the clasp) : 45 mm x 25 mm x 5 mm

    Condition : scratches from use

    Weight : 11.06 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • pendentif medaillon art decoMedaillon émail noir diamants
    2300,00

    Art Deco diamond locket in gold 18 karats (750) and platinum. This rare medallion is a photo holder, fully enamelled in black matte on both sides and its bail. It is decorated with a circular pattern in platinum, set with 42 rose-cut diamonds. The medallion opens and can conceal a photograph, which is wedged under a thin glass plate and a gold circle (present inside the medallion). On the two inner faces, the gold has been polished in successive rounds that form a pattern. The clasp of the jewel is decorated with black enamel and set with four rose-cut diamonds. Antique Art Deco pendant, circa 1920, France.

    Eagle head hallmark and goldsmith’s hallmark for Charles Lavogade (active in Paris between 1912 and 1926)

    Diameter : 30 mm
    Dimensions (including the setting) : 42 x 30 mm

    Estimated weight of diamonds : 0,25 carat

    Condition : Minor scratches from use, no lack of enamel

    Weight : 18,7 gr

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*
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  • Gold pendant portrait souvenir
    850,00

    Georgian portrait miniature in rose gold 18 karats. This important medallion in glass and gold contains a painted miniature representing a portrait of a man dressed in the fashion of the late eighteenth century. The medallion opens by the lower part. On the reverse side is an unadorned cloth that would have previously held a lock of hair. Antique pendant, sentimental jewelry probably made around 1790.

    Owl hallmark (French State hallmark for 18-karat gold).

    Dimensions without the clasp: 53 mm x 42 mm
    Diameter of the clasp: 0,9 mm

    Condition: scratches from use, slightly twisted bail, missing the small padlock at the bottom.

    Total weight: 14.09 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*

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  • black mourning locket pendantpendentif medaillon ancien
    960,00

    Antique mourning locket pendant in 18 karat yellow gold. Important locket pendant enamelled in black – including the bail – and set with two onyx plates. The medallion opens and bears the inscriptions “souvenir de mon excellente mère” (in memory of my excellente mother) and “26 septembre 1869”. A photo and a lock of hair can be slipped inside the jewel and protected by glass vent. It is a jewel of feeling, a jewel of mourning to remember a loved one who has passed away. The locket feels rich in hand with its substantial weight (22.5g) and its large size. Antique locket, French Second Empire period, Victorian period, France.

    Owl hallmark

    Dimensions (including the clasp) : 50 x 30 mm

    Condition : some parts of the enamel were restored, scratches from use

    Weight : 22.5 gr

    *The antique box and the chain are not sold with the jewel*
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  • pendentif souvenir porte photo ancienpendentif porte photo ancien en or et metal
    350,00

    Large Victorian souvenir pendant in metal. This antique locket is composed of a part in transparent glass and a part in black glass. A photograph or a lock of hair can be slipped into the locket. The transparent glass produces a magnifying effect. The ring of attachment is in gold 14 karats (585 thousandths). Sentimental jewel of the XIXth century.

    Dimensions : 40 x 27 x 18 mm

    Condition : scratches

    Weight : 21,46 gr

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  • médaillon ancien Alsace céramique émailléeFrench jewelry Alsatian metal
    300,00

    Victorian French locket pendant in silver plated. An enamelled ceramic plate adorns the center of the pendant. It represents a woman in traditional regional costume, with her head bowed and her hands crossed, in front of the village church. Her traditional costume let us think that the woman is from Alsace, East of France, because of the large black bow which was worn here at this period.

    Red glass stones surround the figure in a set of filigree. At the back, the locket opens to hide a lock of hair or a photograph of the loved one.

    Height: 4.3 cm

    Width: 3.1 cm

    Condition: slight lack of the enamel on the left side of the ceramic.

    *The antique gold chain is not sold with the jewel*