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Victorian Spider & Fly Locket


It's not hair, but a buggy scene made in Austrian cold-painted bronze. In the late 1800s a handful of Austrian bronze foundries in Vienna and the Austrian-Bohemian border began to specialize in lifelike metalwork. The naturalistic finish was created by painting raw bronze with layers of enamel called "dust paint" which was applied while the metal was still warm from the casting process. The paint shrunk and annealed along with the metal, bonding them permanently together. It was called "cold painting" because the enamel was never fired. The result of this highly secretive technique was an ultra-realistic look.


  • Materials

    9k gold (marked), glass lenses, bronze & glass insects, new 14k gold chain

  • Age

    c. 1880

  • Condition

    Very good - minor surface wear and pebbling to the glass commensurate with age and use; web has floated off center

  • Size

    1 1/4" length including the bale, 7/8" diameter, 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.