An incredible set of truly exquisitely made antique Chinese Victorian 18K gold sea creatures locket and interlocking circles dangling pendant earrings, created by the master goldsmith Leeching of Canton, Shanghai and Hong Kong, dating to circa 1860. The important goldsmith Leeching worked out of Canton with outlets in Shanghai and Hong Kong from the 1840's to the 1880's and had an excellent reputation for high quality craftsmanship. He created beautiful works in silver and other materials, however it is unusual to find anything made by him in solid gold like this set. This beautiful set consists of an incredibly detailed solid 18K gold locket and matching mirrored pair of solid 18K gold earrings all decorated with wonderful sea life.The earrings have a stunning look with three interlocking thick gold circles all decorated with highly detailed, etched and carved raised repousse work with fish, a crab, shells, seaweed and coral. These earrings have a hollow construction which is usual for original antique 19th century earrings as they look heavy but are light and comfortable to wear. The earrings have French wires fronted with a tiny gold bead.
The oval shape locket has been designed like a pocket watch and has further amazing repousse, etching and carved work both to the front and back with a central crab surrounded by fish, a frog, a lobster, shells and seaweed while the reverse has a beautiful intertwined scrolling floral design with a central shield. It's nice the shield is blank so initials or other inscription can be engraved onto it if desired. The locket opens to reveal a faded late Victorian photograph or painting of a lady protected by an old oval sheet of mica, the opposite side of the locket would have held a memento. The inside of the locket is stamped'LC' for Leeching with some Chinese characters, the earrings are also stamped'LC' which have blurred with age.
The locket and earrings test for 18K gold. The earrings measure approximately 1 1/2 inches in total length. The three hoops alone dangle about 1 1/8 inches with the largest hoop measuring about 11/16 inch across and approximately 11mm at its thickest point. They have a total weight of about 10.6 grams.
The locket measures approximately 1 inch x 27/32 inch excluding the bail. The bail and attachment measure about another 1/2 inch. The locket weighs about 11.2 grams. The earrings are in general very good condition with general light wear including a couple of tiny dings to the base of one of the large hoops.Thanks for looking and please take a look at my other items! Antique Chinese Victorian 18K Gold Fish Crab Locket Earrings Set Lee Ching Qing. We make great efforts to honestly and accurately describe each item we list. We back this up with many photographs, all with a close-up zoom option for detailed inspection. Items are not returnable if it was not of the age/value you were hoping it to be with no exceptions. If we place a date on an item we guarantee it to be of that period or earlier. We are very easy to work with and welcome any and many questions during our listings, so please let us know if you have one! Antique, Vintage, Estate Jewelry & More! Most of our pieces are from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Mid Century periods and we adore the unusual and unique.
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Create your brand with Auctiva's. Attention Sellers - Get Templates Image Hosting, Scheduling at Auctiva. The item "Antique Chinese Victorian 18K Gold Fish Crab Locket Earrings Set Lee Ching Qing" is in sale since Wednesday, March 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Victorian, Edwardian 1837-1910\Sets".The seller is "liongoods" and is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.