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Victorian “Drawn from a Plaice” Opera Glass Locket


A plaice is a fish. So ostensibly, M.A. Wilson caught a fish in 1880 and while cleaning it he found this miniature opera glass charm in its belly. And apparently he was so delighted he had a custom gold locket made for it and had it engraved "Drawn from a plaice by M.A. Wilson 1880."


  • Materials

    14k gold (tests), glass, gold opera glasses charm, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - minor surface wear to the mounting and glass lenses commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    1 1/2" length including the bale, 1" diameter, 3/8" depth, 18" chain

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please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

RelatedHistory Lesson

Lockets:Magical, Medicinal, Memorial.

It’s hard to pinpoint when modern-day lockets were invented, but it’s believed that they evolved from ancient amulets.