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This is another one of those pieces that I think "really Soph, you should keep"


Perfectly round, smooth, buttery 15 carat gold set with a tiny 8 point star set rose cut diamond, complete with original bale.


Clear hallmarks to the reverse for Chester 1903.


The interior houses two identical photos of a young chap in flat cap, shirt, tie/scarf and buttoned waistcoat. Now then, I don't know whether this these photos are of an actual member of the notorious Birmingham gang, The Peaky Binders, or just someone who liked to dress as if they were.


I've taken the following paragraphs from Google:


"As a group, the Peaky Blinders entered the sphere of popular culture not only through their criminal dealings but also through their notable dress sense and style. The members of the group adopted a signature style which included a peaked flat cap (largely believed to be the origins of their name), leather boots, waistcoats, tailored jackets and silk scarves. The criminal gang had acquired a uniform as well as a hierarchy.


This distinctive style was effective in many respects. Firstly, it garnered a great deal of attention and set them apart from other gangsters. Secondly, the clothes demonstrated power, wealth and luxury, unaffordable for others around them. This extended to family members of the gang including wives and girlfriends who were able to afford expensive garments compared to their counterparts. Finally, the lavish clothing was a demonstration of defiance against the police, who could easily identify them but remained relatively powerless at the same time."


Did this locket belong to one of thse wives or girlfriends? Was it presented as a gift? If so, who by? Questions that remain unanswered but that make this a really fascinating piece.


*the chain in the photos is not included in the sale

Sweet antique locket - Chester 1903

Out of Stock
    • Material - 15ct gold 

    • Hallmarks - 15 | 625 | Chester | 1903/4 

    • Country of origin - England

    • Total drop - 2.1cm

    • Width - 1.5cm

    • Weight - 2.85g

    • Condition - excellent. There is one small ding to the front and one to the reverse which can be seen in the photos.

  • All of my pieces are at the very least pre-loved and most of them are vintage or antique. This item is not brand new and as such, will not look brand new. Please expect signs of wear to include kinks in links, surface wear to gold, scuffs to stones and accept this as part and parcel of buying second hand jewellery. I will be as clear as I can with item descriptions and condition statement and aim to make sure you are aware of any potential defects before you buy.

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