Antique French .800 Silver Photo Locket Pendant, Engraved Dog Portrait
Antique 19th century French .800 silver photo locket pendant. The oval shaped locket features an exquisite hand engraved front depicting symbols of a hunting or equestrian genre. To the center is a finely engraved portrait of a dog, a breed of hunting hound or foxhound perhaps. Framed by a French hunting horn or bugle with gunpowder horn suspended below. All hanging from a stylized ribbon bow and flanked by foliage. All done in charming gold vermeil finish against a silver textured ground. The locket opens to reveal a hinged glass door within. In overall good antique condition with general wear commensurate with age and use. Of note is that the locket does not keep closed. Hallmarked with the French head of the wild boar, in use from 1838 to indicate a silver content of .800/1000. The mark was typically used on small objects of at least 80% pure silver content, close to .925 sterling. Measures 1 3/8” x 1”.